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Egypt sentences 4 Coptic students to 5 years in jail for contempt of Islamic religion

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Feb 2016
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Snapshot from the Coptic students' video, which purportedly contains remarks insulting Islam.
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Four Coptic Christian school students, ages 15 and 16, have been sentenced on Thursday by a Minya court to five years in jail on charges of contempt of religion.

Minya's Juvenile Misdemeanor Court sentenced Mueller Atef, Albert Ashraf, and Bassem Amgad to five years in jail, and Clinton Magdy to juvenile custody for five years.

The case against the four boys stems back to a legal complaint filed in 2015 by some Muslim residents in Nasiriyah village in Minya which accused a Coptic teacher and five of his students of insulting Islam.

Today, the court convicted four of the five boys on the contempt of religion charges based on a video clip shot of them by their teacher in February 2015 during a trip organised by the Evangelical church.

Those verdicts can still be appealed.

In the video, the boys are seen mocking members of the Islamic State group beheading an individual after the militants finish Islamic prayers.

On 30 January 2016, the boys teacher, Gad Youssef Younan, was concicted of contempt of religion for shooting the clip, and sentenced to three years in jail.

Coptic Christians make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million.

Egyptian courts have recently convicted several individuals, both Muslim and Christian, of contempt of religion in various court cases involving citizen complaints against behaviour deemed sacreligious.

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Tariku Hussein
28-02-2016 08:44am
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Egypt's court sides with ISIS.
Egypt's justice system is doing its best to be like that of ISIS.
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Sam Enslow
27-02-2016 08:30am
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Visa-Versa?
How many Muslims have ever been charged with insulting Christianity? How many Muslims have been charged with calling for the death of Christians?
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Egyptian Canadian
26-02-2016 04:46pm
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4 students jailed for 5 years
Educate them to why it is wrong to say or do what they did Educate them to respect other citizens Educate them that ALL Religions have been from The Almighty, as said in The Quran: 3:01-3:03 Alif Lam Mim - God there is no god but HIM,the EVER LIVING, the EVER WATCHFUL,Step by step, HE has sent the Scripture down to you (Prophet) with the Truth, confirming what went before: HE sent down the TORAH and the GOSPEL earlier as a guide for people and HE sent down the distinction [between right and wrong] Educate them RESPECT but DO NOT throw them and their future years in jail...educate them and the YOUTH they are Egypt's future.. Educate them Mr Educator..By the way: I am a devout Moslem and Hagah
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Ali
26-02-2016 07:32am
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The most stupid law
If mocking ISIS beheading an individual after a prayer lands some kids in jail, this must be the most stupid law in the land. Shouldn't Azhar and other Islamic Institutions in Egypt, Saudi, and the region mock ISIS themselves, or give awards to youth who mock the ISIS distorted Islamic practice rather than putting them in jail?
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Arabesque
26-02-2016 05:08am
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Mocking a Mockery!
They obviously mocked Daesh's Islam, not Islam, acting what Daesh simply does in REALITY. There are hundreds of similar videos worldwide. Those kids, like many of us, had seen 20 fellow men from their province brutally slaughtered by Daesh. Face Daesh & "those" who breed it instead: the Superpower & its regional stooges.
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Anonymous
25-02-2016 08:49pm
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Just sad
Just disgusting
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