24-year-old tourist was arrested June 1 at Cairo International airport on the last day of your Egypt vacation rentals on the basis of a ten-minute video, posted it on the social network Facebook.
Despite releasing a second video insisting she had not meant to insult the country as a whole, Mazbouh was found guilty by a Cairo court of "harming the Egyptian people". Tens of thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, journalists, liberals and other dissidents have been arrested under...
However, before her detention, Mazbouh apologized for some of her offensive comments in a follow-up video.
Mazboh's lawyer, Emad Kamal is quoted by Reuters as saying "Of course, God willing, the verdict will change".
Al-Ahram's reports says she was charged with "deliberately broadcasting false rumors which aim to undermine society and attack religions". With all due respect to the judiciary, this is a severe ruling.
The court reduced the penalty from 11 to 8 years in prison, further imposing a fine of EGP 10,700.
He also said that he hopes that the Egyptian authorities would look beyond his daughter's mistake given her young age and naivety.
Being harassed in Egypt triggered an emotional imbalance and a nervous breakdown which led to the insolent video, her father explained. 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.
Al-Mazbouh said in the video that her anger towards Egyptians was exacerbated after she suffered verbal harassment by two men on a street in Cairo's affluent Zamalek neighbourhood. "I love all Egyptians and I love this country, that's why I visited it a few times and I keep coming back". She was referring to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who activists accuse of limiting civil liberties.