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09 July 2018, 09:32 | Glen Norman
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The Egyptian Misdemeanor Court sentenced Lebanese woman Mona al-Mazbouh on Saturday to 8 years in prison, after accusing her of offending Egyptians and cursing the country through a video that went viral on social media.
She also accused men of sexually harassing her and even called Egyptian women "prostitutes".
An appeal court will now hear the case on 29 July, according to Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal.
Initially, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but that was amended within hours to eight years, the judicial source said.
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.
In an interview with Al Arabiya English, he said that his daughter loves Egypt, and that this was her second time visiting Cairo. In her viral video clip, Mazbouh complained about sexual harassment she experienced from young men in the streets as well as from taxi drivers.
Mazbouh tried to apologize in another video, but lawyers had already filed complaints against her, prompting the Public Prosecutor to demand her arrest on charges of "insulting the Egyptians".
'God willing, the verdict will change.
She also lashed out at the state for the prevalence of widespread begging and and spoke of an incident in which money was stolen from her during a previous stay. With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling. She ended by saying that they "deserved what President Sisi was doing to them", a reference to the harsh rule of the former general who seized power in 2013.
Kamal said a surgery Mazbouh underwent in 2006 to remove a blood clot from her brain has impaired her ability to control anger, a condition documented in a medical report he submitted to the court. Mazbouh also claimed her original video was not meant to be viewed by the public, and that the post was a "private one", which was only accessible by 25 friends.
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