Circulating rumors claim that Egyptian singer Tamer Husni has announced from jail that he intends to resign from his music career once he is released.
After serving a one year jail sentence, Tamer intends to immigrate to the United States to reside with his father. Tamer's mother and close friends denied the rumor, asserting that the singer is anxious to complete his sentence in order to resume his singing career and return to his normal life.
Tamer was convicted by a military court and sentenced to a one year prison term, along with friend Haitham Shaker, for forging official papers to avoid military service. A third accomplice, who actually forged the papers, received a five-year prison term.
According to the London based weekly, Laha, the courthouse was filled with their family, friends, and fans at the hearing, all praying for the judge’s leniency.
Tamer’s lawyer appealed the verdict to try and decrease the sentence. The maximum sentence is up to three years for forging official documents.
Tamer was also tried for forging official university diplomas from the universities of Hilwan and Al Mansoura; he was acquitted of the charges.
The singer has asked his fans to pray for him, and for God to alleviate his crisis.
Tamer stated that he did not actually submit the forged legal documents, falsely stating that he had fulfilled his military service.
The singer admits he did obtain the forged documents, but at the last minute decided not to submit them. He claims he was unable to distinguish between the real and forged document, and surreptitiously submitted the wrong set.