Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tourist sentenced to 8 years in prison for anti-Egypt Facebook post

Tourist sentenced to 8 years in prison for anti-Egypt Facebook post

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.

Lebanese news website al-Modon said in an editorial that Cairo has sent "the clear message that tourists are not welcome in Egypt".

Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight.

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

Continuing her rant, Mazbouh called Egypt "the country of pimps. the country of beggars" and said it was a "son of a b**** country".

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He presented to the court documents and a Lebanese magazine, where an ad was published to raise funds for Mazbouh to undergo a brain operation, and pointed out that his client cannot control her emotions as a result of these neurological disorders. 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".

The Lebanese tourist was charged of "deliberately broadcasting false rumors which aim to undermine society and attack religions", after she harshly criticized the country in a video that went viral on social media. 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. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, Al Jazeera reported.

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.

Mona's lawyer Imad Kamal said that ten years ago she underwent brain surgery, then it's hard for her to cope with anger.

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