Tourist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Insulting Egypt on Facebook

(MEMO— 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.

Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video in which she called Egypt a “son of a bitch country” went viral on social media.

The 24-year-old Mazboh complains of being sexually harassed by taxi drivers and young men in the street, as well as poor restaurant service during the holy month of Ramadan and an incident in which money was stolen from her during a previous stay.

A Cairo court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumours that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency, judicial sources said.

An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to Mazboh’s lawyer, Emad Kamal.

“Of course, God willing, the verdict will change. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling. It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty,” he said.

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

Egyptian rights activists say they face the worst crackdown in their history under Sisi, accusing him of erasing freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Supporters say such measures are needed to stabilise Egypt after years of turmoil that drove away foreign investors and amid an militant insurgency concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula.

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  • Seymour jackson

    If Israel had done this to Arab Muslim Woman would go on about how Israel is Evil and hates Muslims, How they want to jail and kill everyone and USA secretly supports it and some connection European rich families. This poor woman just got sentenced to 8 Years she most likely will be raped not just groped as she complained about because she complained about the actions of a countries citizens on social media. But again Egypt a country which receives Billions in aid from us cant even have the basic freedom of speech this wasn’t even hate speech or against a religion it was telling her accounts of situations she was involved in. I wanna see the outrage as if Israel did this even tho