Friday, 16 November, 2018

Tourist Gests 8 Years in Jail For Insulting Egypt on Social Media

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 18:56

A female tourist in Egypt has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a viral Facebook video in which she complained about sexual harassment she experienced in Cairo, calling the North African nation a "son of a b**** country".

Saturday's ruling against Mona el-Mazbouh, reported by state-run Al-Ahram news agency, can be appealed. El-Mazboh hit a nerve when she ranted about the state of the country, saying the people were the "dirtiest people on earth", saying it's s "country of pimps... the country of beggars", reported the Daily Mail.

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

The court found her guilty of harming society, attacking religion, and engaging in public indecency.

Before being arrested on Tuesday, Al-Mazbouh posted a more apologetic video to her Facebook account.

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She was also fined 10,700 Egyptian pounds (around Rs 41,000).

Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight. She said she faced verbal harassment, launching a scathing attack at the bank's employees, which then prompted the bank to file a lawsuit against her.

The video went viral, prompting many Egyptian women to take to social media with their own videos to express their anger at Mazbouh, while responding in kind against Lebanon and Lebanese women.

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. She was referring to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who activists accuse of limiting civil liberties. "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".