Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults video

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt

A female tourist in Egypt has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a viral Facebook video in which she complained about sexual harassment she experienced in Cairo, calling the North African nation a "son of a b**** country".

The users decried the sentence as "excessively harsh" and some called for Lebanese to boycott tourist hotspots in Egypt.

Mona al-Mazbouh sentenced to over 8 years in prison with hard labor and LE 10,700 fine. The Egyptians received features "the dirty people", but in General, Egypt was named "country of beggars and pimps".

"I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians, and never meant to say anything about the country's political affairs", she said.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, he said that his daughter loves Egypt, and that this was her second time visiting Cairo.

Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal is quoted by Reuters as saying "Of course, God willing, the verdict will change". With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

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In a statement, the prosecution accused Mazbouh of "spreading false rumors that aim to harm society and insult religions, as well as creating inappropriate content and displaying it through her Facebook page". The court's decision will still be appealed on July 29.

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.

Kamal said a surgery Mazbouh underwent in 2006 to remove a blood clot from her brain has impaired her ability to control anger, a condition documented in a medical report he submitted to the court.

In June, Egypt's parliament approved a bill placing social media accounts, blogs and websites with more than 5,000 followers under the supervision of the country's top media regulatory body.

A final reading of the bill has yet to take place before it's ratified by the president.

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