Lebanese tourist faces jail for complaining about Egypt in a Facebook video about her holiday

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Mona el-Mazboh sparked outrage when she reportedly insulted the nation by calling it a ‘son of a b***h country’ in her online rant.

In the video, Mazboh complains of being sexually harassed by taxi drivers and young men in the street, as well as poor restaurant service in Cairo during the holy month of Ramadan.

She labelled Egyptians the ‘dirtiest people on earth’ and a ‘country of pimps… the country of beggars.’

Mazboh 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.

She took aim at President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was sworn in for a second term as president on Saturday, by saying: ‘You deserve what Sisi is doing to you, I hope God sends you someone more oppressive than Sisi.’

Egypt’s public prosecutor said the woman’s case has been referred to criminal trial.

Mazboh has been held since Thursday when she was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt.

Her initial 15-day detention was renewed for a further 15 days yesterday, according to Associated Press.

Mazboh later posted a second video apologising to ‘respectable Egyptians’ for her remarks.

She could face three to five years in prison if found guilty, according to one of the lawyers who filed a complaint against her.

In a statement, the public prosecutor said Mazboh was charged with ‘deliberately spreading false rumours that are harmful to society and infringe upon religions.’

In a similar incident last month, Egyptian police detained activist Amal Fathy after she posted a video on social media criticising the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment and over worsening living conditions.


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