1 year later, Egypt releases alleged rape victim’s mum

Egyptian authorities have released Muna Mahmoud Ibrahim, known as Umm Zubeida, after detaining her for one year, rights activists said yesterday.

According to the New Khaleej, Umm Zubeida was arrested after being accused of promoting fake news after featuring in a BBC documentary on enforced disappearances in which she recounted the repeated kidnapping and rape of her daughter, Zubeida Ibrahim.

In the days after the BBC report was aired, a woman claiming to be Ibrahim appeared alongside Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb on the “Kol Youm” show, claiming that she had not been abducted, but had secretly married and eloped with another man.

Umm Zubeida disappeared on 28 February 2018  only to re-appear days later in the State Security prosecution accused of “spreading false news that might harm the public interests as well as joining an illegal group.”

She told Mukamleen TV that her daughter was forced to appear on Amro Adib’s show to deny her mother’s claims.

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