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Hadeer Hamdy Abdel-Hady (Hadeer al-Hady)

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Al-Hady, 23, is a student at the Helwan University’s Institute of Social Work. She is active on a number of social media platforms, including TikTok and Instagram, having 745,000 and 200,000 followers on both platforms respectively. The content she provided on various platforms garnered over 1.5 million likes.

On 5 July 2020, a police force arrested Al-Hady near Al-Hosari Mosque in the 6th of October City, after she was lured by a police officer, according to her statements in the prosecution’s investigation report. Then, she was taken to her home in the October Gardens neighbourhood in Giza, where the police searched the home and seized some photography equipment. This came after the Public Prosecution issued an arrest warrant against her in connection with Case No. 712 of 2020, after the prosecution office received several lawsuits from a lawyer called Ashraf Farahat. It also came after police investigations indicated that she had committed the charges in question.

Al-Hady appeared before the Public Prosecution the next day, where she faced charges of posting pictures and videos that contained seduction in a way that draws attention to prostitution, violating family principles and values ​​of Egyptian society, and posting indecent pictures and videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok that contained sexual innuendo. The prosecution remanded her in custody for four days pending investigation.

On 14 September 2020, the Public Prosecution decided to refer Al-Hady to the Economic Court in Case No. 762 of 2020.

On 27 October 2020, the Cairo Economic Court sentenced Al-Hady to two years in prison and fined her 100,000 pounds on charges of violating society values ​​and inciting immorality and debauchery. On 7 April 2021, the court of appeal upheld the jail term and the fine.

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