Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

On Thursday, the Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a final verdict upholding the previous verdict issued by the Criminal Court last January against actress Menna Shalaby for possessing drugs.

The verdict sentences the artist to one year in prison, suspended, and fines her 10,000 Egyptian pounds, after being convicted of possessing drugs for personal use.

On December 21, 2022, the Public Prosecution ordered the referral of the famous actress to criminal trial after she was caught in possession of narcotic substances at Cairo International Airport while returning from the United States, and she was later released pending investigations on bail.

Menna Shalaby’s case sparked widespread controversy on social media platforms between supporters and opponents, prompting the Acting Professions Syndicate in Egypt to issue a statement calling for respecting the privacy of its members and not defaming them.

Menna Shalaby was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her role in the drama “Every Week on Fridays” and received the “Faten Hamama” Appreciation Award at the Cairo Film Festival in 2019, in recognition of her career full of more than 60 works in cinema, drama and radio.

Article No. 37 of the Egyptian Penal Code stipulates a penalty of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of not less than ten thousand pounds, and not exceeding fifty thousand pounds, if this is for the purpose of consumption, or personal use.



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