Model and photographer arrested for ‘sexy’ photoshoot in ancient pyramid –...

A model and a photographer were arrested after a “sexy” photoshoot at a pyramid in Egypt.

The photos of Salma al-Shimi posing in an outfit resembling a pharaoh were called “provocative and offensive” when they were shared on social media last week.

But authorities have faced a backlash after the arrests, allegedly for taking photos next to Djoser’s Step Pyramid – which dates back 4,700 years – without permission.

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

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

Photoshoot sparked outrage in Egypt

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

They have since been demolished.

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

Indignant officials reportedly called the photos disrespectful.

The model told a prosecutor she was promoting tourism

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, told the Al-Watan news site that anyone who “does not respect” Egyptian civilization will be punished.

Speaking to a prosecutor, the model said her intention was to promote tourism rather than offend.

And the perplexed Egyptians have knocked on the excuse of arrest.

One posted on social media: “Is there really a ban on taking photos in archaeological areas, even images that are not indecent but completely normal?”

Another wrote: “There is no law that criminalizes his behavior, but the people who are supposed to keep the public using any pretext to annoy people and spread malice.”

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