Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Lebanese woman jailed in Egypt after making harassment claim

Lebanese woman jailed in Egypt after making harassment claim

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

According to the report, el-Mazbouh was also charged for, "deliberately broadcasting false rumours which aim to undermine society and attack religions".

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

Before attempting to leave Cairo last month, the woman posted a follow up video in which she apologized, saying she "definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians".

The video, which was about ten minutes long, went viral on social media.

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.

A Lebanese woman was jailed for eight years in Egypt on Saturday for "harming" its people, a judicial source said, after she claimed in a video to have been sexually assaulted.

The court's decision will still be appealed on July 29.

Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal is quoted by Reuters as saying "Of course, God willing, the verdict will change".

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.

"This sentence for insulting Egyptians is very cruel and is disproportionate for the crime she committed", said one Facebook user.

The court reduced the penalty from 11 to 8 years in prison, further imposing a fine of EGP 10,700.

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

Egyptian rights activists say they face the worst crackdown in their history under Sisi, accusing him of erasing freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

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