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Six expat Copts receive death penalty sentence for anti-Islam film
Court orders death penalty for 6 Coptic Egyptians, who reside abroad, over controversial anti-Islam film
Ahram Online, Wednesday 28 Nov 2012
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Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo September 11, 2012(Photo: Reuters)

The state security court issued a verdict on Wednesday sentencing six expatriate Coptic Egyptians to the death penalty for offending the Islamic faith, on charges related to producing the anti-Islamic film 'The Innocence of Muslims'.

Bishop Marcus of the Coptic Orthodox Church described the sentence as "harsh", while asserting that the church rejects any offence towards any religion.

The US-made film provoked angry protests throughout much of the Islamic world in September, including Egypt and Libya.

Maurice Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian living in the US, and controversial Pastor Terry Jones, who is known for his burning of the Quran, are believed to have been involved in promoting the film but were not involved in its production, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

Egyptian-born Coptic Christian Mark Basseley Youssef, also known by his alias Sam Baccil, later acknowledged creating the film, in an interview with the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the controversial film has resulted in the arrest of several people in Egypt, mostly Copts accused of sharing the film.

Bishoy Kamel, a Coptic school teacher, was sentenced to six years for sharing the film on his Facebook page and for insulting the president.

Coptic activist Alber Saber, who also allegedly shared the film, remains in detention.





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mumby
29-11-2012 12:41pm
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Be Fair
In US,it is prohibited to say "Hi Negro"to black people because it is insult them.In Europe it is prohibit to insult Holocaust because it is insult the group of people.What wrong when we prohibit insult religion or insult people dignity.It is based on our values and it is sensible.
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mumby
29-11-2012 02:30am
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justice
Many European countries are intolerance with Al-Qaeda ideas or hijab ideas
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mumby
29-11-2012 02:27am
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justice
I'm not support death penalty but I think Democracy in Muslim world should embrace Islamic values which is halt to insult others or religions.
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Seifu seyoum
28-11-2012 06:52pm
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Sorry!!!
Christian should hate such kind of crime
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