An Egyptian court has sentenced a Lebanese woman to 11 years in prison for posting a video online in which she insulted Egyptians.
Mona el-Mazboh was at the Cairo airport, waiting to catch a flight after visiting Egypt when she was arrested. Tens of thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, journalists, liberals and other dissidents have been arrested under... Ali al-Mazbouh also added that her recent actions do not reflect her true personality whatsoever.
Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal is quoted by Reuters as saying "Of course, God willing, the verdict will change".
Mazbouh eventually posted another an apology and deleted the offending video. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.
She referred to Egypt as "the country of pimps. the country of beggars." and also went on to portray the country's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in a negative way.
The court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion and public indecency, sources told Reuters. "It is in the context of the law, but the court was applying the maximum penalty", he said.
Her lawyers have now filed an appeal which will be heard by an appeal court on July 29.
The allegations drew a strong reaction online, with some Egyptians calling for Ms Mazbouh's arrest and lodging a complaint against her. But if the appeals court upholds the original sentence, the Lebanese tourist is facing a horribly long time in prison for simply posting a Facebook video ranting about her disgusting vacation.
"I love all Egyptians and I love this country, that's why I visited it a couple of times and I keep coming back", Al-Mazbouh concluded.
"Military prosecutors continued to send hundreds of civilians to military trials in cases related to political dissent, whether violent or peaceful", the rights group reported.