British-Lebanese political talk show host Liliane Daoud was arrested and deported from Egypt late Monday night, the immigration authorities said.

“She had been expelled,” said the official at Cairo airport, adding that the former BBC journalist who hosted a political talk show on Egyptian TV was put on an EgyptAir flight to Beirut that left at 2130 GMT.

Daoud’s lawyer Zyad el Eleimi posted on Facebook that she had called him from the plane before the flight departed.

“Eight men who said they were from the border police force took her to an unknown location after taking her telephone and her British passport,” Daoud’s ex-husband Khaled al-Berri had earlier told Agence France Presse. Daoud also holds a Lebanese passport.

The men said they would check whether the journalist’s residence permit was valid, and that she would otherwise face deportation.

Agence France Presse