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Copt Organisation asks President al Sisi to grant an amnesty to Copt youths wrongly condemned for offending Islam

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EGYPT (Agenzia Fides) – Karim Kamal, founder of the Union General of Copts for the Motherland, has asked the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al Sisi to intervene regarding the case of a group of Copt youths recently accused of verbally offending Islam and sentenced to five years in prison. Kamal urges Egypt’s Head of State to grant amnesty to the young men in question. But the request, made public in the Egyptian media, also expresses harsh criticism of the law on blasphemy and offence to religion, misused to persecute innocent people, while extremists and fomenters of religious hatred go unpunished.

The case in question in the appeal addressed to al Sisi involves four Copt students charged with offending the Islamic religion, by sharing in the Spring of 2015 a video-clip of a few seconds, recorded on a mobile phone, in which they mime the scene of the slitting of the throat of a Muslim in prayer, imitating the horrendous executions carried out by Jihadists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh). At the end of February (see Fides 26/2/2016) the Egyptian court in Minya issued a heavy sentence to the young men: three will serve five years in prison, and the fourth, not yet eighteen years old, will be sent to a guarded residence for minor offenders. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 1/3/2016).

1 Comment

  1. Christine Shoffner says:

    In the name of Jesus I ask mercy and pardon for those boys and the teacher. I lost sleep for several nights in a row for being upset about this case. There are plenty of actual evil doers in this world who would slit the throat of those who don’t go along with their ideology. It seems that these boys were being boys. They were pondering in their hearts on the evil being done by men. Thank God for young people who, being made in the image of God, will ponder on the evils of such violent men. Thank God for teachers who teach young people to think instead of going along with a murderous mob mentality. I get the sense that they were in no way implying that they would want to really cut someone’s throat. God save Egypt. II pray that Egyptians would be blessed with the true knowledge of God’s grace and mercy through the blood of Jesus that was shed for us all. Amen.

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