Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults video

Lebanese tourist sentenced to eight years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt

One day after posting the video, Al-Mazbouh removed the post and uploaded another video where she apologized "only to the respectful" Egyptians that have shown her support, while attacking Facebook users who insulted her through private messages.

She was also fined 10,700 Egyptian pounds (around Rs 41,000).

A lawyer for Mazbouh lodged an appeal against the verdict and a hearing will be held on July 29, an official in the prosecutor's office said.

Initially she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but that was amended within hours to eight years, a judicial source said.

Authority took action after she posted a 10-minute video online in which she used swear words to describe her vacation in Egyptian capital Cairo, where she claims she was sexually harassed.

Mazbouh was arrested last month at Cairo International Airport when she tried to leave Egypt.

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After the video went viral, Egyptian lawyer Amr Abdel Salam filed a complaint stating that Mazbouh violated article 302 and 308 of the criminal penal code by insulting the Egyptian people.

Earlier in May, authorities arrested Egyptian activist Amal Fathy after she posted a video online in which she also lashing out at the state after a negative experience in and outside a local bank branch.

The 24-year-old complained of being subjected to sexual harassment by taxi drivers and young men in the street. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.

Continuing her rant, Mazbouh called Egypt "the country of pimps. the country of beggars" and said it was a "son of a b**** country". She ended by saying that they "deserved what President Sisi was doing to them", a reference to the harsh rule of the former general who seized power in 2013.

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

However, she had posted an apology video, saying, "I definitely did not mean to offend all Egyptians".

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