Egyptian TikTok influencer arrested for ‘violating family values’
Ahram Online, , Friday 15 May 2020


Well-known TikTok influencer Mawada Eladhm was arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the values and principles of the family within Egyptian society, the prosecution general said.

Eladhm will be detained for four days pending investigations by the prosecution.

In a statement, the prosecution accused Eladhm of establishing and running websites and accounts through social media that violated family values and principles.

The vice police arrested her on Thursday; she had fled her residence at an upscale New Cairo compound and moved around between Cairo and the North Coast following an arrest warrant issued by the prosecution earlier this week, the prosecution said, and was arrested in a compound in 6 October city.

The security authorities tracked her down through her car.

The statement detailed that during her arrest, the authorities found a laptop, a mobile phone without a SIM card connected to MiFi, and a handbag.

Eladhm has 3.1 million followers on the popular social network. The first video on her official account, which is still open, is dated to 2018.

She has an Instagram account followed by 1.6 million people, and her account on YouTube has over 300,000 subscribers.

Eladhm, whose primary fame came via posting videos in which she lip synced and danced, was arrested along with another woman in March for violating the curfew imposed by the Egyptian government to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

She was later released on EGP20,000 bail.

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