Model Salma al-Shimi And Photographer Arrested Over Sexy Photo Shoot At Pyramid

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A model Salma al-Shimi alongside a photographer have been arrested after they had a photoshoot at a pyramid in Egypt.

Snaps of Salma al-Shimi posing in a pharoah-like outfit were branded “provocative and offensive” when they were shared on social media last week.

But authorities faced a backlash after the arrests, purportedly for taking photos next to the Step Pyramid of Djoser which dates back 4,700 years without permission.

Photographer Houssam Mohammad and al-Shimi are accused of “taking photos without authorisation in the Saqqara archaeological site”, Middle East Eye reports.

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They were released on bail on Tuesday after widespread criticism of the arrests.

Al-Shimi, who has thousands of followers on Instagram, was taken into custody after the images were widely shared.

They have since been taken down.

A police source last week said, according to The Guardian: “A photographer has been arrested after a private shoot with dancer Salma al-Shimi in the archaeological zone.”

Outraged officials reportedly branded the photos disrespectful.

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Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the Al-Watan news site that anyone who “disrespects” Egyptian civilization would face punishment.

Speaking in front of a prosecutor, the model said her intention had been to promote tourism rather than cause offence.

And puzzled Egyptians hit out at the excuse for the arrest.

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