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Nora Hesham Ahmed Alaa El-Din (Zomoroda)

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Zomoroda, 24, is active with her mother on a number of social media platforms, most notably TikTok and YouTube. She has 90,000 followers on TikTok, and the content they provided on various platforms garnered 7 million likes. She posts satirical videos, in partnership with her mother.

On 11 June 2020, a police force arrested Zomoroda and her mother from an apartment in Cairo’s Heliopolis, under an arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecution. This came after the Monitoring and Analysis Unit at the Public Prosecutor’s Office observed anger on social media, and after the Public Prosecution received several lawsuits, on top of which is the one filed by lawyer Ashraf Farahat, which carried No. 36 of 2020.

The Public Prosecution charged her with practicing paid prostitution, arranging sexual encounters between her and several men with the help of her mother. She also faced charges of infringing on family values and principles, posting indecent pictures and videos with the purpose of distribution and display, and creating personal accounts on the internet with the aim of committing these crimes.

On 29 July 2020, the Public Prosecution referred Zomoroda and her mother to the Economic Court, which on 30 September sentenced them to six years in prison and ordered each to pay a fine of 100,000 pounds. The court also ordered police supervision of them for a period of 3 years.

On 14 March 2021, the court of appeal set 9 May 2021 for deciding on the appeal submitted by the defendants’ lawyer. Then, the session was adjourned to 13 June.

On June 13, 2021, the appeals circuit at the Cairo Economic Court, reduced the sentence of Zomorroda and her mother to 5 years, which also fined them 1000,000 LE.

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