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Nabih al-Wahsh has been sentenced to three years in prison after declaring that women should be raped on the basis of what they are wearing.

The Egyptian lawyer was appearing on a television panel show in October of this year when he made comments which sparked international outrage.

Nabih al-Wahsh used a discussion on prostitution to air his repugnant views on females in society, saying: "Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?"

"I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her," he argued.

al-Wahsh's horrifying commentary led the Egypt’s National Council for Women to file a complaint against the channel on which he appeared, and insisted his contribution violated Egypt's constitution to protect the rights of women.

The lawyer was charged with “publicly inciting to flout the law” and “spreading with malice reports and statements meant to perturb public order … and harm the public interest.”

In addition to being jailed for three years, Nabih al-Wahsh must also pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds.

The three-year sentence was passed in absentia as Nabih al-Wahsh, who was previously released on bail, did not attend the hearing on Saturday.

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According to emerging reports, Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after being accused of tax evasion.

The 29-year-old international footballer was accused of creating a number of fake companies in Uruquay and Belize in order to avoid taxation on image rights between 2007 and 2009.

While the footballer will not actually spend time behind bars as the Spanish system states that prison terms under two years can be served on probation, he was fined €1.9 million by a court in Barcelona and will face imprisonment if he reoffends.

It has been established that Messi, who earns more than a quarter of a million euro a week and won Fifa World Player of the Year five times, attempted to evade €4.1 million in tax over the course of two years, but insists he was unaware of these financial oversights

Messi's father, Jorge, who – according to his son – dealt with the footballer's financial affairs, received the same sentence as his son.

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