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Egypt court slaps alleged makers of anti-Islam film with death sentences
Controversial US Pastor Terry Jones and seven Copts living abroad receive maximum punishment in Egypt court - in absentia - for alleged involvement in production of anti-Islam film that led to riots last year
Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 Jan 2013
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A Cairo Criminal Court slapped seven Coptic expatriates with death sentences and American pastor Terry Jones with a five-year jail term for their alleged roles in the production last year of a short film that defames the Islamic faith, German news agency DPA reported on Tuesday. All the defendants were tried in absentia.

The court ruled the film in question, dubbed 'The Innocence of Muslims,' to be defamatory to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and a potential threat to Egypt's national unity.

The seven convicted Coptic expatriates were: Maurice Sadiq Gerges, founder of a US-based Coptic association; Morkos Aziz, a US-based television presenter; Fekry Abdul-Messih, a US-based doctor; Nabil Adib, media coordinator for another US-based association; Nahid Metwally, an Australia-based doctor; Egyptian-born Copt Mark Baccil Youssef (charged with producing the film); and Nader Farid, a commerce graduate.

On 18 November, Egypt's State Security Court referred the requested death sentences to Egypt's Grand Mufti for his approval, in accordance with Egyptian law.

Gerges and Jones, the latter of whom is known for his public burnings of the Quran, are believed to have been involved in promoting the film but not in its production, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

The film sparked angry protests throughout much of the Islamic world, including Egypt and Libya, when it appeared online in September.

Egypt-based Coptic schoolteacher Bishoy Kamel was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison for sharing the film on Facebook.

Egyptian Coptic activist Alber Saber, was released on bail last month after spending three months in detention in Egypt for also sharing the film online.





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Joe
09-02-2013 05:39pm
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Death sentence
Death sentence for insulting Mohamed? .. I guess this means 70% of USA and 70% of Europe should also be sentenced for insulting Jesus, Mohamed and other religious identities. Japan, India, Brazil are advancing while you are still giving death sentences for freedom of thought regardless of what it is. So what if they insult Mohamed?? why does that bother you? do you know how many people insult Mohamed across the world in there homes and insult Jesus and other people. You are 10th world country not even 3rd world
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aformerbeliever
20-10-2013 10:28am
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Religions are utopias ...
Religions are utopias and there will come a time when religious utopias will prove to have been just an episode in the history of utopias ? Religious education should be banned before the age at which usually is granted the right to participate in elections ?

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