Social media influencer released on bail after arrest over curfew videos

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Mar 2020

The two women were arrested over videos shot during the curfew and posted on social media

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Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 29, 2020 (Photo: AP)

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered on Sunday evening the release on bail of a female social media influencer and another woman arrested for violating a nighttime curfew imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Mawada Eladham, who has 1.5 million followers on Instagram, posted a series of videos of her driving around after curfew hours. One of the videos shows her and another woman stopping vehicles in an eastern Cairo suburb during curfew hours and asking drivers for their licenses while mockingly telling them to “go home.”

The two women were accused of violating the curfew and inciting others to do the same, disturbing public order, endangering social safety, and harming social peace, according to a statement by the public prosecutor’s office.

The two women have been released on EGP 20,000 (approximately $1,300) bail each, the statement said.

The prosecutor also ordered their social media accounts be blocked.

A nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am has been in effect since 24 March and is set to last till 7 April, which is part of a series of measures over the past two weeks to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

The authorities have warned that those who break the curfew are subject to penalties under the country’s emergency law, which range from a fine of EGP 4,000 ($253) to imprisonment.

The country has so far detected 609 coronavirus cases, including 40 fatalities.

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