Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years for FB post against Egypt

The day before being arrested Mona el Mazbouh posted a second video on Facebook apologising to Egyptians

The day before being arrested Mona el Mazbouh posted a second video on Facebook apologising to Egyptians

A Lebanese tourist who complained about being sexually harassed while in Egypt in a video posted on Facebook has been jailed for eight years by a court in Cairo for insulting the country.

According to the report, el-Mazbouh was also charged for, "deliberately broadcasting false rumours which aim to undermine society and attack religions". Following that, Mazbouh was arrested at Cairo airport last month. El-Mazboh hit a nerve when she ranted about the state of the country, saying the people were the "dirtiest people on earth", saying it's s "country of pimps... the country of beggars", reported the Daily Mail.

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

Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight, and fined 10,700 Egyptian pounds (around $598).

The attorney-general chose 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. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling, ' said Emad Kamal.

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Kamal said 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.

A lawyer for Mazbouh lodged an appeal against the verdict and a hearing will be held on July 29, an official in the prosecutor's office said.

She also lashed out at the state for the prevalence of widespread begging and and spoke of an incident in which money was stolen from her during a previous stay.

The tourist's 10-minute profanity-laden tirade about Egyptians went viral on social media shortly after it was uploaded.

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.

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