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Beba Ezz el-Din Investigated for Theft


Translated by Priscilla Adum





Translator's note: This is a summarized translation (not word for word) because some of the words are blurry and difficult to see. This was the cover story of the magazine Al Lataif Al Mussawara on Monday July 15, 1935.

Beba Ezz el-Din



For Her Eyes, He Embezzled Nine Thousand Pounds And Fled

Beba Ezz el-Din is being investigated for possibly serving as an accomplice to an embezzler who repeatedly stole money from the company where he worked. He gave some of the money to Beba and spent some on her.

According to this report, the crime occurred in Alexandria where Beba Ezz el-Din ran a nightclub. One of her patrons by the name of Abas Aarfi was a humble office worker with a stable job. He was a regular at several nightclubs, including Beba's.

Aarfi soon became infatuated with Beba; however, with a meager salary of only 11 pounds per month he couldn't impress her. Therefore, he began to embezzle money from the company where he worked, counting on the fact that he was a trusted long-time employee. This enabled him to put on the façade of a wealthy man.

Over an extended period of time, he falsified and greatly inflated the water bills, in complicity with an employee from the water company. This went on for quite some time, enabling him to steal the large sum of money. His superiors eventually discovered the theft, so he fled and went into hiding. The police were searching for him, and an investigation was launched to discover any other accomplices he may have had.

The police questioned Beba and searched her home. Investigators also ordered several banks to provide them with records of Beba's bank accounts, attempting to determine how much money she had deposited in them.

"The dancer Fatma Ezz el-Din, known by her stage name Beba, is among the prettiest of dancers and owns a sala in Alexandria. She is from Tripoli, Lebanon. Today, it was reported that authorities in Alexandria are considering deporting Beba because it's not the first time that she has been involved in problems of this sort."

The picture shows Abas Aarfi in the top square, and Beba Ezz el-Din in the large bottom photo.

Beba Ezz el-Din



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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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