Sunday, 22 July, 2018


In Egypt sent to prison tourist, complained about harassment

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
Bennie Garza | 09 July, 2018, 21:35

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced a Lebanese female tourist to eight years in prison for insulting Egypt and Egyptians in a video she posted on Facebook during her recent trip to the country.

The users decried the sentence as "excessively harsh" and some called for Lebanese to boycott tourist hotspots 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).

Authority took action after she posted a 10-minute video online in which she used swear words to describe her vacation in Egyptian capital Cairo, where she claims she was sexually harassed.

In her video she also ranted at the personal qualities of Egyptian people, saying that the men were conmen and thieves and that the women were prostitutes.

Mazboh later posted a second video apologising to "respectable Egyptians" for her remarks.

She was arrested in May before departing from Cairo Airport. She added that most of her first video was narrated in a Lebanese accent, and that is why most Egyptians didn't understand what she was saying correctly.

She was charged with "deliberately broadcasting false rumors which aim to undermine society and attack religions".

Mr Kamal said a surgery Ms Mazbouh 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.

Mazboun's video, which she posted on her social media account, went viral when it was later published on YouTube to be viewed by hundreds of thousands of viewers. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, Al Jazeera reported.

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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