BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


An Egyptian court convicted seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based pastor to death on Wednesday for their roles in an anti-Islam film that sparked riots across the Middle East.

The charges were brought in September after the film trailer, titled Innocence of Muslims, caused a wave of public outcry.

The case is largely seen as symbolic, since none of the defendants are actually in Egypt. KGTV and Fox News have more.

“All eight were charged without actually being in Egypt, and a trial was more meant to absorb public anger over that crude video.”

“Egypt’s news agency says the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information through the film that mocks the prophet Muhammad.”

Terry Jones, the controversial Florida pastor best known for burning copies of the Quran, reportedly helped to promote the film. After the charges came down, The Atlantic Wire quotes him as saying the ruling:

“...shows the true face of Islam … 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.”

Defendants convicted in absentia of a capital punishment crime in Egypt are given an automatic appeal and retrial upon returning to the country.



 

 

 

Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Sentenced to Death in Egypt

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Nov 28, 2012

Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Sentenced to Death in Egypt

 

BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


An Egyptian court convicted seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based pastor to death on Wednesday for their roles in an anti-Islam film that sparked riots across the Middle East.

The charges were brought in September after the film trailer, titled Innocence of Muslims, caused a wave of public outcry.

The case is largely seen as symbolic, since none of the defendants are actually in Egypt. KGTV and Fox News have more.

“All eight were charged without actually being in Egypt, and a trial was more meant to absorb public anger over that crude video.”

“Egypt’s news agency says the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information through the film that mocks the prophet Muhammad.”

Terry Jones, the controversial Florida pastor best known for burning copies of the Quran, reportedly helped to promote the film. After the charges came down, The Atlantic Wire quotes him as saying the ruling:

“...shows the true face of Islam … 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.”

Defendants convicted in absentia of a capital punishment crime in Egypt are given an automatic appeal and retrial upon returning to the country.



 

 

 

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