Egypt Arrests Students for Mocking Christianity

Egypt Arrests Students for Mocking Christianity February 12, 2019

Here’s news you don’t hear about every day, via AFP: 

Egyptian authorities have arrested four students for mocking Christian rituals in an online video and ordered them to be kept in custody for four days, a judicial source said Monday.

The university students aged between 19 and 24 were accused of being in “contempt of the Christian religion”, the source said.

If tried and found guilty they could face up to five years in prison.

They were arrested last week and remanded in custody by the state prosecutor overnight Sunday.

At the end of January they posted a video on YouTube in which they were allegedly seen mocking Coptic hymns and prayers.

But they later removed the clip and posted an apology online.

Copts, a Christian minority which accounts for 10% of Egypt’s 98 million people, have repeatedly complained of marginalization in the mostly Muslim country.

In recent years they have been targeted by Islamic State group jihadists.

Trials for “contempt” of Christianity are rare in Egypt where more frequently charges are levelled for contempt of Islam usually against liberal Muslim intellectuals.

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