Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Egypt jails tourist for Facebook post

Egypt jails tourist for Facebook post

A Lebanese tourist who was arrested last month for posting a video on Facebook complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt was sentenced to eight years in prison by a Cairo court on Saturday, her lawyer told Reuters.

In may of this year a tourist recorded a video about your spoiled holiday in Egypt and was soon arrested at Cairo airport while trying to leave the country.

"Here bitch country! Yes, in all the world no people dirtier than the Egyptians!" Mazbouh added that her anger in the video was sparked by an incident of verbal harassment she experienced in Zamalek, an upscale neighborhood in Cairo.

The Lebanese woman, identified as 24-year-old Mona al-Mazbouh, was arrested in late May and referred to a criminal court in early June for an urgent trial over her offensive remarks.

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Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

Mazboh later posted another video apologizing to "respectable Egyptians" for her remarks.

In the video, she also claimed that a sum of money was stolen from an apartment she rented near the coastal city of Alexandria on a previous visit to Egypt.

The attorney-general made a decision to refer the accused al-Mazbouh to an urgent criminal trial for deliberately broadcasting rumors that would harm the community; this is in addition to her producing content considered a disgrace to public modesty through her Facebook page.

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An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

"This sentence for insulting Egyptians is very cruel and is disproportionate for the crime she committed", said one Facebook user.

The court reduced the penalty from 11 to 8 years in prison, further imposing a fine of EGP 10,700. "I love all Egyptians and I love this country, that's why I visited it a couple of times and I keep coming back".

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