Lebanese woman sentenced to eight years for 'insulting' Egypt

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

The Lebanese woman, identified as 24-year-old Mona al-Mazbouh, was arrested in late May and referred to a criminal court in early June for an urgent trial over her offensive remarks.

Ms Mazbouh later posted an apology video, saying "I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians".

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

One day after posting the video, Al-Mazbouh removed the post and uploaded another video where she apologized "only to the respectful" Egyptians that have shown her support, while attacking Facebook users who insulted her through private messages.

In addition to detailing her experiences with sexual assault in Cairo, which was named the worst "megacity" for women in 2017, Mazbouh also called Egyptians the "dirtiest people on earth" in her viral rant.

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.

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In Egypt has sentenced to eight years in prison resident of Lebanon Mona al-Masbah.

She also suffers from depression, Kamal added.

In may of this year a tourist recorded a video about your spoiled holiday in Egypt and was soon arrested at Cairo airport while trying to leave the country. The court has set July 29 as the date for her appeal. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

"Military prosecutors continued to send hundreds of civilians to military trials in cases related to political dissent, whether violent or peaceful", the rights group reported. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty".

Meanwhile, el-Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal, says that his client has medical documentation that shows she is unable to control her anger after a brain surgery in 2006.

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