Tourist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Facebook Post Against Egypt
A Lebanese tourist was sentenced to 8 years in jail for a social media post against Egypt. Mona el-Mazboh was arrested last month , after she posted a video-clip on Facebook, complaining of conditions and sexual harassment in Egypt. Last Saturday, a Cairo court sentenced her to 8 years in prison.
The crime consisted of a 10 minute video, in which Mona el-Mazboh described Egypt as a, let me quote, “son of a bitch country”. The video went viral on Facebook, henceforth Egyptian authorities decided to make an example out of her. The tourist was arrested at Cairo airport as she was preparing to leave the country, i.e. at the end of her vacation in Egypt.
Mona el-Mazboh is 24 years old and in her infamous video she complained about Egypt’s issues, for example being sexually harassed by young men in the street, and also about Cairo taxi drivers. To add insult to injury, she furthermore deplored sub-par restaurant service in Cairo, as she chose to visit Egypt during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims focus on fasting and prayer and don’t care much about business, or at least that’s Mona el-Mazboh’s impression. She also reported an incident during which her money were stolen as she previously stayed in a Cairo hotel. The 8 year sentence follows the Egyptian court findings of Mona el-Mazboh’s spreading “false rumors” that would harm society. She was also accused of public indecency and attacking religion.
She should’ve posted the Facebook video after leaving Egypt, but that’s how life is…
According to Mazboh’s lawyer, Emad Kamal, an Egyptian appeal court will now hear the case on July 29:
“Of course, God willing, the verdict will change. 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”