Four Coptic Christian Teenagers Sentenced to Jail, Juvenile Detention for Mocking Muslim Prayers

Christians make up approximately ten per cent of Egypt's population (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Christians make up approximately ten per cent of Egypt’s population (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt has witnessed a surge in blasphemy charges in recent months

Four Coptic Christian teenagers have been convicted for contempt of Islam after they appeared in a video mocking Muslim prayers.

Three of those convicted in Egypt will serve five years in jail, while a fourth defendant, aged 15, was sent to a juvenile detention centre for an indefinite period.

The 30-second film was shot on a mobile phone in January 2015 when the three defendands sentenced to jail were between 15 and 17.

It showed one of the students kneeling on the floor while reciting verses from the Quran and two others standing behind him and laughing.

One waved his hand under another’s neck in a sign of beheading.

The video was filmed by the students’ teacher, also a Christian, who was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting Islam in a separate trial.

The teenagers’ lawyer, Maher Naguib, said his clients hadn’t been detained and didn’t appear in court for the trial.

He described the ruling as “unbelievable” and said the judge should have just punished the teenagers with a fine.

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SOURCE: The Independent
Samuel Osborne

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