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Egypt jails tourist for Facebook post

The day before being arrested Mona el Mazbouh posted a second video on Facebook apologising to Egyptians The day before being arrested Mona el Mazbouh posted a second video on Facebook apologising to Egyptians
Ellis Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 18:58

The users decried the sentence as "excessively harsh" and some called for Lebanese to boycott tourist hotspots in Egypt.

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.

Lebanese news website al-Modon said in an editorial that Cairo has sent "the clear message that tourists are not welcome in Egypt".

Mazbouh was initially handed down 11 years but the sentence was later reduced to eight, and fined 10,700 Egyptian pounds (around $598).

During the video, Al-Mazbouh angrily referred to Egyptians as beggars and con men, and described Egyptian women as "prostitutes".

Mazbouh had published a video on Facebook, which was widely shared, saying that she had been the victim of sexual harassment in the streets and accusing Egyptians of thievery and scams.

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Of course, God willing, the verdict will change.

In a statement, the prosecution accused Mazbouh of "spreading false rumors that aim to harm society and insult religions, as well as creating inappropriate content and displaying it through her Facebook page". She also suffers from depression, he said.

Emad Kamal, Mazbouh's lawyer, has expressed that "with all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling". "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", Kamal said, according to Reuters.

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

Her lawyers have now filed an appeal which will be heard by an appeal court on July 29.

In it, she claims that her initial video was not meant to be viewed by the public.

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