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An Egyptian court sentenced three Coptic Christian teenagers to five years in prison on Thursday for mocking Islam in a video. A fourth Christian teen was condemned to a juvenile detention center for an indefinite period of time.
The video was shot on a mobile phone in January 2015 and depicts the four teens allegedly mocking Muslim prayers.
Defense lawyer Maher Naquib insisted the youths had not created the video to insult Islam but to instead mock the beheadings carried out by ISIS jihadists.
However, all four Christians, as well as their teacher who was also featured in the video, have been sentenced to prison.
“The judge didn’t show any mercy. He handed down the maximum punishment,” Naguib told Agency French Press.
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms said in a statement that after the video’s release the teens were imprisoned for 45 days and endured “ill-treatment.” Read More