Four Coptic Christian school students ages 15 and 16, have been sentenced to five years in jail on charges of contempt of religion.
Minya's Juvenile Misdemeanor Court sentenced Mueller Atef, Albert Ashraf, and Bassem Amgad to five years in jail and Clinton Magdy to juvenile custody, also for five years.
The story goes back to April 2015, when a group of Muslims in Nasiriyah village in Minya governorate filed a complaint accusing a Coptic teacher named Gad Youssef Younan, a 22-year-old, and five of his students of insulting Islam.
The insults allegedly came in a short video with a scene mocking the Islamic State group during a journey with the Evangelical church in Minya on February 2015.
On 30 January 2016, Younan was sentenced to three years in prison for contempt of religion.
Coptic Christians only make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million.