Egyptian ONTV's renowned Lebanese TV host Liliane Daoud deported to Beirut

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016

TV host Liliane Daoud

Lebanese ONTV host Liliane Daoud was deported from Egypt to Beirut on Monday night.

Daoud was arrested at her Cairo house on Monday and transported to Cairo airport for deportation, her Lawyer Zyad El-Elaimy announced the news on his Facebook account.

Her 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.

El-Elaimy said Daoud had entered Egypt using her British passport and had not renewed her Lebanese passport for a while.

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

Daoud's show The Complete Picture, which ran for five years, was among very few TV programmes which gave a platform to political opposition figures to speak freely on air.

Her Egyptian ex-husband, Khaled El-berry, was coincidentally present at her home 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," El-Berry wrote on his Facebook account.

El-Berry 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 El-Armouty's TV show "Headlines", on the same TV channel -- announced he and the show's anchor would leave after seven years at the station.

These changes at the station come one month after ONTV was acquired by steel tycoon Ahmed Abu-Hashima.

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