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Death sentence for 8 people connected to anti-Islam film

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 29, 2012 in World
An Egyptian court has sentenced eight people to death in absentia, on charges related to their connection with the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims." The man behind the film, Mark Basseley Youssef, was amongst those sentenced.
In addition to the seven Coptic Christians associated with the film, controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones, infamous for a spot of Koran burning, also received the death sentence from the Egyptian court. The other seven all hold Egyptian nationality though mostly reside in the U.S.
The Saudi Gazette reported Judge Saif Al-Nasr Soliman said the "accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its Prophet (peace be upon him)."
Mark Basseley Youssef, the man behind the anti-Islam film which provoked riots, is safely ensconced in California prison on charges of parole violations.
Pastor Terry Jones said the ruling “shows the true face of Islam” Al Arabiya reported. He added "We can speak out here in America. That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism.”
The Star reported one of those convicted is Nader Fawzy who lives in Toronto. Fawzy insists he had nothing to do with video but was not surprised to receive the death sentence as he is a Coptic activist. He said: “It’s a war in Egypt. For me, the problem is the Canadian government told me to shut my mouth, that they were working behind the scenes to help. But the government did nothing.
The police aren’t even calling me back anymore. Who can guarantee that Egypt will not kidnap me and put me in a coffin and take me back to that country? No one.”
The sentence imposed by the court demonstrates an increasing move towards an Islamic Egypt.
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