Egypt sentences Lebanese tourist to 8 years over Facebook video

A 3D-printed Facebook like button is seen in front of the Facebook logo

A 3D-printed Facebook like button is seen in front of the Facebook logo

The Egyptian Misdemeanor Court sentenced Lebanese woman Mona al-Mazbouh on Saturday to 8 years in prison, after accusing her of offending Egyptians and cursing the country through a video that went viral on social media.

Reuters reports that Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport after her 10-minute video calling Egypt a "son of a b-- country" went viral. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to al-Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal.

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.

In her video she also ranted at the personal qualities of Egyptian people, saying that the men were conmen and thieves and that the women were prostitutes.

The 24-year-old Mazboh complained of being sexually harassed by taxi drivers and young men in the street, as well as poor restaurant service during the holy month of Ramadan and an incident in which money was stolen from her during a previous stay.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, he said that his daughter loves Egypt, and that this was her second time visiting Cairo.

In June, Egypt's parliament initially approved a bill placing social media accounts, blogs and websites with more than 5,000 followers under the supervision of the country's top media regulatory body, which can take measures that include blocking them if they are found to be disseminating false news, inciting violence or violating the law.

Egyptian rights activists have said they are facing the worst crackdown ever under Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, claiming that he has erased freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, Reuters reported.

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