In other words, the Islamic State is Islamic after all. Welcome to the sharia. And beware those who tout Sisi as a reformer. via: Christian Teens Accused of Mocking Islam Are Jailed for 5 Years in Egypt
Three Christian teenagers have been sentenced to five years in jail by an Egyptian court after they were accused of mocking Islam.
The three boys, ages 15 to 18, were sentenced Thursday in Egypt’s Minya province. They were charged last year with insulting Islam after recording a video while on a class field trip.
The video, recorded in January 2015, showed the boys pretending to be Islamic State militants by reciting Quranic prayers and pretending to slit each others’ throats.
Maher Naguib, the defense lawyer for the teens, told the AFP that he plans to appeal the judge’s harsh ruling.
“They have been sentenced for contempt of Islam and inciting sectarian strife,” Naguib told the AFP, adding, “the judge didn’t show any mercy. He handed down the maximum punishment.”
The boys’ teacher, who filmed the video on his mobile phone, was sentenced to three years in jail in a separate trial.
Activist groups, including the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, have spoken out against the recent ruling, arguing it unfairly targets Coptic Christians in the strict Muslim majority country.
The EIPR said Thursday that the court is using the excuse of “protection of religions, general system, and public morals” as a reason to “impose restrictions on the mother of all freedoms: freedom of expression and faith.”
There have been numerous court cases in Egypt where Coptic Christians are sentenced to harsh prison sentences for allegedly “insulting Islam.”