An Egyptian court sentenced a Lebanese woman to eight years in prison over insulting Egyptians in a video she posted online, and set July 29 as the date for her appeal, state media reported.
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 attorney-general chose to refer the accused al-Mazbouh to an urgent criminal trial for deliberately broadcasting rumors that would harm the community; this is in addition to her producing content considered a disgrace to public modesty through her Facebook page.
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In an official statement, the general prosecution said it charged Mona Al-Mazbouh with "producing and broadcasting content which is indecent through her personal profile on Facebook".
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The defendant attended the hearing on Saturday accompanied by her lawyer, who said that his client suffers from neurological and psychological disorders, such as depression, as a result of a brain disease at the age of 12.
Emad Kamal, Mazbouh's lawyer, has expressed that "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, Al Jazeera reported. She was also forced to pay a fine of around $600.
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Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst crackdown in their history under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, accusing him of erasing freedoms won in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Being harassed in Egypt triggered an emotional imbalance and a nervous breakdown which led to the insolent video, her father explained.
"I love all Egyptians and I love this country, that's why I visited it a few times and I keep coming back", Al-Mazbouh concluded.
The prosecutor referred Madbouh to an expedited trial over the video.
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