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Egypt prosecutors to investigate 10 for involvement in anti-Islam film

President Morsi tells Egyptian embassy in US to take 'all possible legal steps' against those 'seeking to destroy relations and dialogue between countries, peoples'

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Sep 2012
Coptic Diaspora. Maurice Sadek
Coptic Diaspora. Maurice Sadek
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Egypt's attorney-general on Wednesday commissioned State Security prosecutors to investigate formal accusations made against ten individuals for their alleged involvement in a controversial short film – produced by a US-Israeli filmmaker – that critics say defames the Islamic faith.

Attorney-general spokesman Adel El-Saeed announced on Wednesday that he had received five different legal complaints regarding the film – which was widely shared on Facebook and YouTube – claiming it contained material that was offensive to God, the Islamic faith and its Prophet, and the Egyptian authorities.

According to El-Saeed, a handful of US-based Coptic activists are believed to have participated with a group of non-Egyptians in producing the film and sharing it on social-networking platforms.

Earlier on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters that President Mohamed Morsi had instructed the Egyptian embassy in the US to take "all possible legal steps" against those "seeking to destroy relations and dialogue between countries and peoples."

Initially, the film was thought to have been made by US-based Coptic-Christian activists, but was later found to have been produced by US-Israeli dual-national filmmaker Sam Bacile.

The film was, however, promoted by Maurice Sadek, a controversial Coptic figure living in the US, along with Pastor Terry Jones, a firebrand American Christian preacher known for organising mass burnings of Muslim holy book the Quran.

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HASIM
13-09-2012 08:43pm
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HOW DARE YOU
come with this garbage destroy relations and dialogue this is something you have long for in your best of days and killing and damaging burning there flags and threatneing there people should all be understood because it is islam and you claim your self it protectors if there is a god i think the fools who made this film along with it new hostile audience would not be welcomed to his paridize CLOSE THERE EMBASSIES IN YOUR COUNTRY DOWN KICK OUT EGYPT AND LIBYA
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Paul Gerrard
13-09-2012 05:59pm
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Paul Gerrard
Why do you even print the name of the so-called American pastor. He has a congregation of no more than 20 people. Most of them are family members. Call him what he is: an American crank basking in notoriety at the expense of the Muslim religion. He has no recognized religious credentials. No one would know his name if Muslims ignored him. His so-called religious views are protected by the U.S. Constitution. He cannot be legally prosecuted. Stop reacting to him and repeating his name and he will fall into obscurity, where he belongs.
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max
13-09-2012 02:25am
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Evolving Facts
Please keep your facts up-to-date, AhramOnline. There is no Israeli-American filmmaker Sam Bacile. Sam Bacile is a pseudonym (for an Egyptian, according to a cast member) and everything the person claiming to be Sam Bacile reported to AP in a telephone interview appears to be false, including "his" own personal details and the purpose, funding and scope of the "film". I would also like to know why the United States government is blamed for lacking the authority (and they do lack the authority) to pull the thing off YouTube while Egyptian TV is not criticized for exposing millions to the same offensive clip.
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Mona
14-09-2012 01:54am
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youtube
Also recommended live videos of Settlers abusing Palestinan Christians in Occupied Territories ex. "we are proud we killed Jesus go (curses), back to your Jesus this is My Land God gave it to me!".
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medo
12-09-2012 07:28pm
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a disgrace
And what is the prosecutor going to do about the crimes committed at the embassy? This kind of behaviour in the eyes of the world is not acceptable! When these same demonstrators did the same action at government buildings they were arrested and shot... but when they do it to foreign property it is ok? We should be disgusted by these people... claiming to be doing this in the name of Islam... yet while demonstrating they chant the name of Osama Bin Laden... he was a terrorist who had nothing to do with Islam and this was done on 9/11... These people are using our religion for a completely different agenda, We are trying to show the outside world that Islam means Peace.... yet foolish people seems determined to show the opposite, All this and we are telling foreigners "come to Egypt, it is safe" Yeh, right!
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Zaki
13-09-2012 08:06am
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Medo
Medo, You cannot understand that this the preplanned actions on the part of Copts, Jews, and Zionists. They had planned , and calculated the impact of it. Yet you claimed yourslf Muslims, dont know the wickedness of these people. There are plenty of tourists coming will come to Egypt. Dont forget there are other means of making living in Egypt.
Sherif
13-09-2012 05:33am
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Take responsibility
It is about time Muslims took responsibility for this despicable action in Lybia and the Egypt, rather than blame others.
Stop
13-09-2012 02:32am
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ignorance
stop with your ignorance. 911 was an inside demolation job... wake up already
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