Friday, 20 July, 2018

Lebanese woman sentenced to 11 years for Egypt insults video

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt Egypt's court sentences Lebanese tourist to 8 years in jail for insulting Egyptians in viral video - Politics - Egypt
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 21:31

Mona el-Mazboh was at the Cairo airport, waiting to catch a flight after visiting Egypt when she was arrested.

Mona al-Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight, the state-run Al-Ahram news agency reported.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, he said that his daughter loves Egypt, and that this was her second time visiting Cairo.

She also suffers from depression, Kamal added.

The sentence came after the woman posted a video online in which she allegedly insulted Egyptians.

Mazbouh had published a video on Facebook, which was widely shared, saying that she had been the victim of sexual harassment in the streets and accusing Egyptians of thievery and scams.

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.

Lebanese social media users have called on their government to petition Egyptian authorities to release a tourist jailed for "insulting" Egyptians in an online video.

She also lashed out at the state for the prevalence of widespread begging and and spoke of an incident in which money was stolen from her during a previous stay.

Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to Mazboh's lawyer. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling, ' said Emad Kamal. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty". Mazbouh also claimed her original video was not meant to be viewed by the public, and that the post was a "private one", which was only accessible by 25 friends.

Rights groups have accused Sisi's government of leading the worst crackdown in the nation's modern history, claiming that freedoms gained during the 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations are being swiftly eroded.