Tourist jailed in Cairo after complaint about sexual harassment

Cheryl Sanders
July 11, 2018

An Egyptian court sentenced a Lebanese woman to eight years in prison over insulting Egyptians in a video she posted online, and set July 29 as the date for her appeal, state media reported.

Mona el-Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight, the state-run Al-Ahram news agency reported.

In may of this year a tourist recorded a video about your spoiled holiday in Egypt and was soon arrested at Cairo airport while trying to leave the country. In that video she described Egypt as a "son of a bitch country" haven completed her stay in Egypt.

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

The court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion and public indecency, sources told Reuters.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, he said that his daughter loves Egypt, and that this was her second time visiting Cairo. She was also fined 10,700 Egyptian pounds (around $598).

Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal is quoted by Reuters as saying "Of course, God willing, the verdict will change". Ali al-Mazbouh also added that her recent actions do not reflect her true personality whatsoever. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty". She was referring to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who activists accuse of limiting civil liberties.

Kamal further explained that Mazbouh suffers from depression and struggles to control her anger due to the removal of her brain clot in a 2006 surgery.

"I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians, and never meant to say anything about the country's political affairs", she said, according to media reports.

The tourist's 10-minute profanity-laden tirade about Egyptians went viral on social media shortly after it was uploaded.

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