Tourist jailed for video in Egypt

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

Facebook users in Lebanon took to social media and demanded Beirut take measures to free Lebanese tourist Mona al-Mazbouh, after she was sentenced to eight years in prison on Saturday for "insulting" the country.

Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt last month after sharing a 10-minute video about her experiences there which had gone viral.

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 referred to Egypt as "the country of pimps. the country of beggars." and also went on to portray the country's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in a negative way.

"Here bitch country! Yes, in all the world no people dirtier than the Egyptians!"

"I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians, and I never meant to say anything about the country's political affairs", Al-Mazbouh stated in her second video.

Initially, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but that was amended within hours to eight years, the judicial source said.

Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

In a statement, the prosecution accused Mazbouh of "spreading false rumors that aim to harm society and insult religions, as well as creating inappropriate content and displaying it through her Facebook page". She added that most of her first video was narrated in a Lebanese accent, and that is why most Egyptians didn't understand what she was saying correctly. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, according to Reuters.

Kamal said 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.

In it, she claims that her initial video was not meant to be viewed by the public.

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