Woman who labelled Egypt a ‘son of a bitch’ country is jailed
Mona el-Mazboh, 24, a Lebanese tourist who used Facebook to attack sexual harassment she experienced in Egypt, was sentenced on Saturday to eight years in prison.
According to this report, she was arrested last month 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.
In the video she complained of being sexually harassed by taxi drivers and young men in the street, as well as poor restaurant service during the “holy” month of Ramadan.
She also revealed that, on a previous visit to the Islamic republic, she had money stolen.
A Cairo court found her guilty of deliberately spreading false rumours that would harm society, attacking religion – and public indecency.
An appeal court will now hear the case on July 29, according to Mazboh’s lawyer, Emad Kamal. He said:
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.
Kamal said a surgery Mazboh underwent in 2006 to remove a brain clot has impaired her ability to control anger, a condition documented in a medical report he submitted to the court. She also suffers from depression, he said.
In this report, she is quoted as saying of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,:
You deserve what Sisi is doing to you, I hope God sends you someone more oppressive than Sisi.
Sisi, who was elected by a landslide in a March election in which all serious opponents had withdrawn, has overseen a crackdown on political opponents.
Last month, Egyptian police detained Amal Fathy, an activist, after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment and over worsening living conditions.
Fathy is being questioned on charges of incitement to overthrow the ruling system, publishing lies and misusing social media.
Egyptian rights activists say they face the worst crackdown in their history under Sisi, accusing him of erasing freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.