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Egyptian director released after detention on drug possession charges

Youssef, who was flying on EgyptianAir from Cairo to Paris, was caught with drugs inside his suitcase at the security point

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Egyptian prosecutors have concluded questioning film director and member of parliament Khaled Youssef after he was stopped on Sunday from boarding a flight at Cairo International Airport for possessing 100 Xanax pills without a prescription.

Airport security officials say that Youssef was on his way to board an EgyptAir flight to Paris when he was stopped after the pills were discovered in his suitcase during baggage screening.

Youssef says that he obtained the drug legally to give to his wife, who resides in Paris.

Judicial sources confirmed to AlArabiya.net that prosecutors summoned psychologist Dr. Hesham Hatata who confirmed that the pills were prescribed to Youssef’s wife who he has been treating for depression.

Sources also confirmed that prosecutors will summon three security officers who arrested Youssef for further questioning.