Tourists accused of filming porn in Egypt eventually released

Egyptian authorities arrested 10 Georgians on suspicion of filming pornography near Giftun Island this weekend

by The Commentator on 2 June 2013 23:51


Egyptian authorities have apologised and released a group of tourists who were initially held on suspicion of filming pornography in the North African country.

Naval forces in the city of Hurghada, in the governorate of the Red Sea, arrested 10 Georgian tourists on Saturday on the misunderstanding that they were filming shooting pornographic movies off the coast near Giftun Island.

But the Georgians were simply conducting a swimwear photoshoot when several Egyptian policemen who thought they were filming a porn movie detained the crew and investigated its equipment.

The crew were representatives of the Georgian reality show "Top Gogo" (Top Girl) which is about the lives of models, Archil Dzuliashvili, Georgian Ambassador to Egypt, Syria and Tunisia told Georgian media.

The ambassador said that the crew were detained on Saturday and the embassy was informed the same day.

“The incident is over now. Police of Hurghada officially apologised, while the crew continues working in Hurghada,” he said.

“These tourists were diving and shooting the beautiful aquatic flora and fauna. The security officer had wrongly assessed the situation due to his inexperience,” a spokesperson for Egypt’s tourism minister said.

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