Egypt sentences Lebanese tourist to 8 years over Facebook video

Clay Curtis
July 9, 2018

The Egyptian court said that the video "deliberately broadcast false rumours which aim to undermine society and attack religions", according to state news source Al-Ahram.

She was arrested in May before departing from Cairo Airport.

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

El-Mazbouh has apologised in another video, claiming that she "didn't mean to offend all Egyptians".

Mazbouh eventually posted another an apology and deleted the offending video.

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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. Also using curses, she railed against what she described as the country's deteriorating public services and unchallenged sexual harassment.

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 father of a Lebanese woman who was recently handed down an eight-year jail term in Egypt over a Facebook post deemed insulting by authorities is speaking up for the first time.

Kamal said a surgery Mazboh underwent in 2006 to remove a brain clot has impaired her ability to control anger, a condition documented in a medical report he submitted to the court. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, Al Jazeera reported. But if the appeals court upholds the original sentence, the Lebanese tourist is facing a horribly long time in prison for simply posting a Facebook video ranting about her disgusting vacation.

Egyptian rights activists have said they are facing the worst crackdown ever under Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, claiming that he has erased freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, Reuters reported.

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