CAIRO: Television broadcaster Mona Iraqi, currently facing a defamation suit by men she filmed as they were forced to walk naked in the street after being arrested, was arrested Wednesday after being charged with filming at a school without permission.
Lawyer Tareq Al-Awady, who filed the suit against Iraqi on behalf of the men suing her for the Bab al-Bahr case, in which they were accused of debauchery and participating in a homosexual orgy, published on his Facebook account photos of Iraqi near to the school and inside the police station, beside a screenshot of the statement against her issued by the school director.
The statement said the El-Massria integrated schools staff found someone filming inside their schools, and recognized Iraqi as a broadcaster, and called the police who arrested her. Iraqi was later released pending investigations, the statement went on.
“We made an episode about the school in our show, and we said that they are counterfeiting US diploma certificates; so the school’s director is now trying to accuse me with shooting without permission,” Iraqi told Al-Masry Al-Youm Thursday, and said she had no knowledge of further investigations against her.
The school stated on its Facebook page that one of Iraqi’s companions tried to attack the school’s security guard.
The 33 men arrested Dec. 7. in the Bab al-Bahr case, were acquitted in mid-January on all charges. The footage of the men as they were arrested, however, went viral, and the men and their families said they felt their privacy had been violated.
Iraqi was criticized by activists and human rights groups after she aired her coverage.
“It’s a win-win situation for both: the presenter who will take the video for her show, and security for making a new sensational fabricated story,” former director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Hossam Bahgat wrote on his Facebook page.