Tourist sentenced to 8 years in prison for anti-Egypt Facebook post

A woman was sentenced to prison in Egypt for a video she uploaded to Facebook


A Lebanese tourist arrested last month after posting a video on Facebook to say that she was harassed in Egypt was sentenced to eight years in prison on Saturday.

Reuters reports that Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport after her 10-minute video call Egypt a “son of a b—- country” went viral.

The 24-year-old woman tells it to be harassed by men in taxis and on the street, and an incident where money was stolen from her during a previous visit, the wire reports.

The court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that can be harmful for the society, the attack on religion and public indecency, sources told Reuters.

The case is an appeal will be heard on July 29, her lawyer Emad Kamal said.


“Of course, if it is God’s will, the verdict will change. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a tough decision. It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty,” Kamal said, according to Reuters.

In 2006, the woman underwent a surgery to remove a brain clot that is limited in its ability to her anger, the lawyer said, Reuters reported. He said that they also suffer from depression.

Mazboh later posted another video apologizing to “honorable Egyptians” for her comments.

Egyptian rights activists have said they are facing the worst gig ever under the egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who claims that he has cleared freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring, the uprising that led to the end of the regime of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, Reuters reported.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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