Lebanese woman sentenced to 11 years for Egypt insults video

Lebanese woman sentenced to 11 years for Egypt insults video

Emad Kamal, Mazbouh's lawyer, has expressed that "with all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling".

He also said that he hopes that the Egyptian authorities would look beyond his daughter's mistake given her young age and naivety.

The court reduced the penalty from 11 to 8 years in prison, further imposing a fine of EGP 10,700. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women reported in 2013 that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment.

El-Mazbouh later posted an apology video, saying "I definitely didn't mean to offend all Egyptians". She also claimed that when she was arrested by the police she was already on her way to the police station to file a case for her Facebook account having been stolen.

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In a similar incident, former actor and model (and Egyptian woman) Amal Fathy was detained last month after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect woman from sexual harassment.

The sentence came after she posted a video in which she used profanities to describe her holiday in Cairo where she says she was sexually harassed. Ali al-Mazbouh also added that her recent actions do not reflect her true personality whatsoever.

The allegations drew a strong reaction online, with some Egyptians calling for 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 terrible 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". Activists believe Sisi is taking back all of the rights gained by the people during the Arab Uprising. The president and his supporters argue that strict measures are required to maintain the country's security, as a wave of bombs and other attacks have rocked the country in recent years. "Between October 2014 and September 2017, authorities sent at least 15,500 civilians to military courts including over 150 children".

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