A girl named Zobaida has sparked a spat between Egypt and the BBC

According to the interview conducted by the BBC, the woman claimed Zobaida was forcibly disappeared and raped by security forces and called on the authorities to reveal her fate. (Supplied)

An Egyptian woman who claimed that her daughter Zobaida was forcibly held by security forces during an interview with the BBC sparked a crisis between the British channel and the Egyptian authorities after it turned out her allegations were false.

According to the interview conducted by the BBC, the woman claimed Zobaida was forcibly disappeared and raped by security forces and called on the authorities to reveal her fate.

Media outlets affiliated with Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood immediately picked up the story and promoted it and accused Egypt of adopting the policy of “forcible disappearance” to get rid of those who oppose the regime.

On Monday night, however, Zobaida appeared with Amr Adib on his program that airs on ONTV and revealed that her mom’s allegations are entirely false.

Zobaida said she and her mother do not talk and the latter does not know anything about her, adding that she’s been married to a Brotherhood supporter for a year now and has a child named Hamza.

She also said that she was once detained for four months alongside her mother because they participated in a protest in support of the Brotherhood but were later released. She later got married after cutting ties with her mother who did not approve of her marriage.

Egypt’s State Information Service also issued a statement refuting the BBC report, particularly the part about the enforced disappearance of Zobaida, and “the mistakes and allegations it details about the situation” of human rights in the country.

Egyptian sources said the authorities plan to file a lawsuit against Zobaida’s mother after her allegations were proven false.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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