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Egypt releases detained YouTube couple who pranked daughter

They were arrested on Thursday for investigation on charges of exploiting their child to gain money

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Sep 2020

Egypt’s public prosecution on Friday ordered the release of a husband and wife who have attained fame on YouTube via videos about their lives, after they were arrested the day before on child endangerment charges.

They were arrested on Thursday by her prosecutors for investigation on charges of exploiting their child to gain money through the platform.

The video on which the charges were based shows the couple filming their daughter’s reaction to seeing her mother, Zeinap, after she had applied brown paint to her face as a prank.

The toddler bursts into tears and her mother laughs in the video, which sparked outrage on social media.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Prosecutor-General Hamada El-Sawy ordered the release of the couple, known on YouTube as Ahmed and Zeinap, on a posted bail of EGP 40,000.

The couple have pledged to provide care for their daughter and not to repeat the incident in the future, according to the statement.

El-Sawy also mandated specialists at the National Council For Childhood and Motherhood to continue following up on the couple’s child, parents and other family members, to avoid any exploitation or endangerment of her.


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