A Lebanese female tourist who complained off sexual harassment and poor conditions in Egypt on Facebook has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Cairo court on Saturday according to reports.
Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt after she uploaded a 10-minute video in which she referred to Egypt a “son of a bitch country” which then went viral on social media.
The 24-year-old Mazboh claims she was sexually harassed by taxi drivers and young men in the street before noting the poor restaurant service during the holy month of Ramadan.
“You deserve what Sisi is doing to you, I hope God sends you someone more oppressive than Sisi.”
Zerohedge reports: Ms el-Mazboh posted a second video in which she apologized for her remarks in the first video.
“I definitely didn’t mean to offend all Egyptians,” she said.
A Cairo court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency, judicial sources said.
An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to Mazboh’s lawyer, Emad Kamal.
“Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.
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,” he said.
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. She also suffers from depression, he said.
In a similar incident, former actor and model (and Egyptian woman) Amal Fathy was detained last month after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect woman from sexual harassment.
In another high-profile case last week, prominent Egyptian activist Hazem Abdel-Azim was arrested at his Cairo home, accused of disseminating fake news and belonging to an outlawed group.
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.
Supporters say such measures are needed to stabilize Egypt after years of turmoil that drove away foreign investors and amid a militant insurgency concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula.