Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults…

Frederick Owens
July 11, 2018

The users decried the sentence as "excessively harsh" and some called for Lebanese to boycott tourist hotspots in Egypt. She also claimed that when she was arrested by the police she was already on her way to the police station to file a case for her Facebook account having been stolen.

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

Mona al-Mazbouh sentenced to over 8 years in prison with hard labor and LE 10,700 fine.

In Mona el-Mazbouh's 10-minute video she described Egyptians as the "dirtiest people" and Egypt "the country of pimps. of beggars" after being sexually assaulted in the country's capital city.

Before attempting to leave Cairo last month, the woman posted a follow up video in which she apologized, saying she "definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians". Mazbouh also mentioned a previous visit to Egypt during which she was robbed of money.

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The court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion and public indecency, sources told Reuters.

Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

The prosecutor referred Madbouh to an expedited trial over the video.

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. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling. The court has set July 29 as the date for her appeal. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, Al Jazeera reported. But if the appeals court upholds the original sentence, the Lebanese tourist is facing a horribly long time in prison for simply posting a Facebook video ranting about her disgusting vacation.

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