Egypt sentences 4 Coptic students to 5 years in jail for mocking Islam and 'Islamic State' . (AlAhram).
Four Coptic Christian school students ages 15 and 16, have been sentenced 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, also for five years.
The story goes back to April 2015, when a group of Muslims in Nasiriyah village in Minya governorate filed a complaint accusing a Coptic teacher named Gad Youssef Younan, a 22-year-old, and five of his students of insulting Islam.
The insults allegedly came in a short video with a scene mocking the Islamic State group during a journey with the Evangelical church in Minya on February 2015.
The 30-second video showed the students pretending to pray, with one kneeling on the floor while reciting Qur'anic verses and two others standing behind him and laughing. One waved his hand under a second's neck in a sign of beheading. The video was filmed during a students' picnic to mock Islamic State group it beheaded Coptic Christians in Libya last year.
Defence lawyer Maher Naguib said the four had not intended to insult Islam in the video, but merely to mock the beheadings carried out by jihadists of the Islamic State group.
In the video, one teenager can be seen kneeling on the ground and reciting Muslim prayers while others stand behind him, laughing.
Later one of them is seen making a sign with his thumb to indicate the beheading of the one who is kneeling.
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, an independent rights group, said ahead of Thursday's judgement that it watched the video and found that the four teenagers were performing scenes "imitating slaughter carried out by terrorist groups".
The group warned that there was a return "of using contempt of religion as accusations against writers and religious minorities".
On 30 January 2016, Younan was sentenced to three years in prison for contempt of religion.
Coptic Christians only make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million. Hmmm.....Once again proof that ISIS has everything to do with Islam. Read the full story here. More here.