Minya (Agenzia Fides) - The Egyptian court in Minya issued a heavy sentence against four Coptic students accused of contempt of Islam after mimicking an Islamic State (Isis) beheading video of a Muslim faithful who was praying. This is what Egyptian sources consulted by Agenzia Fides report. Three of the Coptic Christian boys have been sentenced to five years imprisonment, while the fourth teenager was sent to a juvenile detention centre.
The incident that led to the conviction of the students happened in a village school in Nasiriyya, near the town of Beni Mazar, in the Egyptian province of Minya, in the spring of 2015. The short video, which was an act of accusation against the atrocities of the jihadists of the Islamic State, had been posted on YouTube and sparked anger and false accusations of Islamist elements in the area, forcing local authorities to convene on 17th April, a meeting of "reconciliation" between Christians and Muslims, with the participation of imams and priests in the area. The four boys were arrested, also to distance them from any violent revenge, and families had to pay a deposit of 10 thousand Egyptian pounds for the release of each of them (see Fides 28/05/2015).
For the same case, in late January, the court of Beni Mazar had already sentenced a Coptic professor of the four students to three years in prison. The professor, judged jointly responsible for the short video and its spread, had already been forced to leave the village of Nasiriyya with his family. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 26/02/2016)