Egypt jails tourist for Facebook post

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A Lebanese tourist ranted in a Facebook video about her bad experiences in Egypt, which could land her in prison for eight years.

Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video in which she called Egypt a "son of a bitch country" went viral on social media.

Al-Mazbouh posted a video on her Facebook account recounting a verbal sexual harassment incident she experienced while on vacation in Cairo. He said she also suffers from depression.

Mazbouh tried to apologize in another video, but lawyers had already filed complaints against her, prompting the Public Prosecutor to demand her arrest on charges of "insulting the Egyptians".

Ms Mazbouh later posted an apology video, saying "I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians".

'God willing, the verdict will change.

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

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In an official statement, the general prosecution said it charged Mona Al-Mazbouh with "producing and broadcasting content which is indecent through her personal profile on Facebook".

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

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.

Mona's lawyer Imad Kamal said that ten years ago she underwent brain surgery, then it's hard for her to cope with anger.

While some activists have expressed their anger on social media against Mazbouh, with the hashtag #tryMonaMazbouh going viral on Twitter, Haitham Ahmed and Eric Knecht report on Reuters that Egypt's stability is stumbling as there is continuing repression of Egyptian rights activists and erasure of freedom.

Mazbouh fiercely criticized the way she had been treated, claiming she was "harassed by taxi drivers and men in the street".

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