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Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults video

11 July 2018

The Misdemeanor Court sentenced Lebanese Mona al-Mazbouh to over 8 years in prison with hard labor and LE 10,700 ($597) fine on charges of publishing a video on Facebook for insulting Egypt.

She was then sentenced to eight years in prison.

In the video, Mazbouh claimed she was subjected to verbal sexual harassment in a Cairo street, describing Egyptians as "the dirtiest people in the world".

She also accused men of sexually harassing her and even called Egyptian women "prostitutes".

The allegations drew a strong reaction online, with some Egyptians calling for Mazbouh's arrest and lodging a complaint against her.

Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

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The attorney-general chose 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. She also expressed her disgust at the standards of Egyptian restaurants, and insulted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying the country "deserved what its president was doing to it". "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", he said.

On July 29, an appeals court will hear the case, which represents one more chance for el-Mazboh to get a reduced sentence. Mazbouh also mentioned a previous visit to Egypt during which she was robbed of money.

Kamal further explained that Mazbouh suffers from depression and struggles to control her anger due to the removal of her brain clot in a 2006 surgery.

In June, Egypt's parliament approved a bill placing social media accounts, blogs and websites with more than 5,000 followers under the supervision of the country's top media regulatory body.

A final reading of the bill has yet to take place before its ratified by the president.

Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults video