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Egyptian TikTok stars acquitted after charges of 'violating family values'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An Egyptian appeals court has overturned prison sentences for two well-known TikTok influencers, in a high-profile public morality case, state news outlet Ahram Online reported on Tuesday.

(CNN)An Egyptian appeals court has overturned prison sentences for two well-known TikTok influencers, in a high-profile public morality case, state news outlet Ahram Online reported on Tuesday.

Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladhm had been charged with "violating family values and principles and establishing and running online accounts to commit this crime. "

Mawada Eladhm, who is in her early 20s, had 3. 1 million followers on TikTok and 1. 6 million followers on Instagram, and gained fame for posting lip syncing and dance videos.

Haneen Hossam, a university student in archaeology, had 1. 2 million followers on TikTok, and was arrested a few days after she posted a video encouraging women to publish live videos and talk with strangers via short video sharing platform Likee.

She has denied the charges and said that her videos were been taken out of context.

Hossam's lawyer Mahmmed Sammer told local media Youm7 that her mother fainted at news of the acquittal, while both Hossam and Eladhm shouted in joy.

Eladhm's father, Fathy Rashad, told reporters after court that his daughter had been "devastated from oppression and sadness" and would need psychological treatment, Youm7 reported.

The other three defendants had been charged with helping one of the girls evade arrest, concealing evidence of the crime, and publishing materials to influence public opinion about the case.

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