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Egyptian singer Sherine faces six months in jail for saying Nile is dirty

Singer remains free pending appeal over conviction for spreading 'false news' by saying Nile water was full of parasites
Sherine apologised for her jibe about the Nile (AFP)

An Egyptian court sentenced pop star Sherine to six months in prison on Tuesday for suggesting drinking from the Nile leads to illness, although she will remain free pending an appeal.

Sherine Abdel Wahab, known as Sherine, had apologised after being caught on tape joking with concert goers that Nile water could give them parasites.

The Cairo misdemeanour court convicted her of having spread "false news". Judicial officials said she would remain free on bail pending an appeal.

The Egyptian Independent newspaper reported Sherine was fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds 'civil compensation' - the equivalent of about $566, and bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds.

Sherine is one of the region's best known singers. She is also an actor and hosted the Arabic version of singing contest The Voice.

In the video recording of the concert, Sherine is asked by a fan to sing her tune Have You Ever Drunk From the Nile?

She responds that drinking from the river could cause "bilharzia", a name for the parasitic disease schistosomiasis which was once widespread in Egypt.

"Drink Evian instead," she said, a comment for which she later apologised.

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