Egyptian embassy in UK releases statement in response to BBC

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Tue, 27 Feb 2018 - 08:58 GMT

Still of Zubeida, the woman claimed to have been abducted by security forces, on “Kol Youm” program with Amr Adib, Feb. 27, 2018 – YouTube/ON Ent

Still of Zubeida, the woman claimed to have been abducted by security forces, on “Kol Youm” program with Amr Adib, Feb. 27, 2018 – YouTube/ON Ent

CAIRO- 27 February 2017: Egyptian embassy in UK released a statement on Tuesday in response to BBC false report accusing Egyptian Security apparatuses of carrying out cases of enforced disappearances and torture.

below the full statement of the embassy:

"The BBC has aired and published an investigative report on 23rd & 24th February 2018 titled 'Crushing dissent in Egypt’, presented by Orla Guerin, the former BBC correspondent in Cairo. This program contained numerous factual misrepresentation and false claims including a grave professional error pertaining to what the program claimed to be the forced disappearance of Zubeida Younis.

Being based solely on an interview with her mother, who claimed that the authorities have abducted her daughter a year ago. These allegations have been conducted without any fact checking or listening to any other testimonies from any other witnesses.

On Monday 26th February 2018, Zubeida has appeared as a guest on the Egyptian Station ONtv, Talk Show “Kol Youm”( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0JaXeGveU ), where she has refuted all these claims and confirmed that she had left her mother’s home with her own free will.

Zubeida herself reiterates that the reason for her disappearance was due to a family dispute and that she was unaware that her mother had spoken to the press; they have not spoken for a year and she has in fact been living with her husband and new born baby for the duration of her alleged disappearance.

We are requesting an immediate apology for this gross professional error and would like this to be addressed to the BBC audience as well as the Egyptian public."

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