Lebanese woman sentenced to 11 years for Egypt insults video

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt

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. She was arrested in May before departing from Cairo International Airport after the Public Prosecutor's Office ordered Mazbouh's detention for 15 days pending investigation.

She also suffers from depression, Kamal added.

She called Egyptians the "dirtiest people" and Egypt "the country of pimps. of beggars".

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

Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight.

Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

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The attorney-general made a decision 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.

The court has set July 29 as the date for her appeal. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women reported in 2013 that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling. Also using curses, she railed against what she described as the country's deteriorating public services and unchallenged sexual harassment. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, according to Reuters.

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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While some activists have expressed their anger on social media against Mazbouh, with the hashtag #tryMonaMazbouh going viral on Twitter, Haitham Ahmed and Eric Knecht report on Reuters that Egypt's stability is stumbling as there is continuing repression of Egyptian rights activists and erasure of freedom.

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