Court convicts Midhat Saleh to a three-year prison term
A Cairo court has released the final verdict regarding the case against Egyptian singer/actor Midhat Saleh and convicted him to a three-year prison term with labor for writing bad checks to Egyptian belly dancer Fifi Abdo without having a bank balance. The actor had previously filed and appeal for the ruling but lost the case, reported the Egyptian based daily, Al Gomhouria.
Abdo had previously filed a complaint against Midhat for writing her checks for over half a million Egyptian pounds without having a balance as a payback for money she had loaned him early last year. The court sentenced Midhat to three years of prison for counterfeiting, but he demanded a retrial of the case.
Midhat told the court that he did not take the money from Abdo as a loan but instead it was an investment by her in his new recording studio. Midhat added that every investment has the possibility of loss or gain and that he should not be obliged to cover Fifi's losses.
Fifi had filed the complaint in June 2002 after Midhat refused to pay her back the money by ignoring all her attempts to contact him. Abdo had warned Midhat that she would take him to court if he did not return her money. Midhat had given the dancer three bad checks each for half a million Egyptian pound.
Midhat had filed a second complaint against Fifi for ruining his name and reputation by her false accusations. Midhat demanded three million Egyptian pounds in compensation from the dancer saying it is the least he deserves after are the lies she has been spreading about him to the public. –Albawaba.com
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