Lebanese tourist sentenced to over 8 years in prison for insulting Egypt

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

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.

The Lebanese tourist was charged of "deliberately broadcasting false rumors which aim to undermine society and attack religions", after she harshly criticized the country in a video that went viral on social media.

She also accused men of sexually harassing her and even called Egyptian women "prostitutes". She also suffers from depression, he said.

Mona Al-Mazbouh's lawyer, Emad kamal Habib, told the court this Mona is suffering from a neurological disorder as a result of a brain disease she was diagnosed with at the age of 12, limiting her ability to properly control her actions. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, Al Jazeera reported.

He presented to the court documents and a Lebanese magazine, where an ad was published to raise funds for Mazbouh to undergo a brain operation, and pointed out that his client cannot control her emotions as a result of these neurological disorders. Referencing the crackdowns on political dissent from activists and journalists as well as the ongoing economic struggles under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the woman angrily said Egyptians "deserve what Sisi is doing to" them and that she hopes God sends "someone more oppressive than Sisi".

Mazboh later posted another video apologizing to "respectable Egyptians" for her remarks. 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.

"I love all Egyptians and I love this country, that's why I visited it a few times and I keep coming back", Al-Mazbouh concluded.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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