Lebanese Tourist Sentenced to 8 Years for Insulting Egypt in Facebook Video

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Lebanese news website al-Modon said in an editorial that Cairo has sent "the clear message that tourists are not welcome in Egypt".

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

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.

On Saturday, her father, Ali al-Mazbouh, apologized to all the Egyptians who took offense by his daughter's viral video on Facebook.

Mazbouh later posted an apology video, saying "I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians".

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.

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.

In May, Egyptian authorities had arrested activist Amal Fathy after she posted a video online in which she spoke about her negative experience in and outside a local bank branch. In it the girl complained of sexual harassment by Egyptian men.

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. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

Kamal further explained that Mazbouh suffers from depression and struggles to control her anger due to the removal of her brain clot in a 2006 surgery.

'It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty'.

Mazbouh fiercely criticized the way she had been treated, claiming she was "harassed by taxi drivers and men in the street".

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