Monday, June 27, 2016

TV host Liliane Daoud Arrested at Cairo House, Set to Be Deported: Lawyer
Ahram Online
Monday 27 Jun 2016

TV host Liliane Daoud arrested at Cairo house, set to be deported: Lawyer

Lebanese TV host Liliane Daoud was arrested at her Cairo house late on Monday and transported to an airport for deportation, her Lawyer Zyad El-Elaimy said on his Facebook account.

Her expected deportation comes hours after she announced on Twitter that she had ended her contract with privately-owned Egyptian channel ONTV, which she joined in June 2011.

Media reports stated that Daoud would be deported to Beirut immediately.

El-Elaimy said he is still trying to verify this information, adding that she entered Egypt using her British passport and hasn't renewed her Lebanese passport for a while.

The interior ministry is yet to comment on Daoud's arrest and reported deportation.

Daoud's show was among very few TV programmes that used to give a platform to political opposition figures to speak freely on air.

Her Egyptian ex-husband, Khaled Alberry, was coincidentally present during the arrest while picking up their ten-year-old daughter for dinner.

"They gave [Daoud] exactly five minutes. They refused to allow her to take anything with her except her wallet. They also refused to let her call a lawyer or the [Lebanese] embassy," Alberry wrote on his Facebook account.

Alberry stressed that Daoud has Egyptian residency because she was married to him for six years.

Daoud's decision to leave ONTV came one day after Mohamed El-Garhy -- the producer of the famous Gaber Al-Armouty's TV show "Headlines", on the same TV channel -- said that he and Al-Armouty would leave after seven years of working there.

These new changes are one month after ONTV, known for its political coverage in the past five years since the ouster of president Mubarak in 2011, was fully acquired by tycoon steel Ahmed Abu-Hashima.

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