Seven Egyptian Christians Sentenced to Death over Role in Film
by IPT News • Nov 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm
A court in Cairo has sentenced seven Egyptian Christians to death after being tried in absentia for partaking in the infamous anti-Islam video that led to numerous violent protests in various Muslim countries in September.
"The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," said judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman.
According to Egypt Independent, five of the defendants live in the United States, including the film's creator Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The amateur film, "Innocence of Muslims," sparked violent protests in Cairo and other Muslim countries that included attacks on U.S. embassies.
Even though the sentence will not be carried out, it illustrates the prominent role Islamic law plays in Egyptian society since the Muslim Brotherhood's rise, deeming any disrespect to Islam to be punishable by death.
Egypt's Coptic Church did not issue an official comment on the sentence.
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Inaccurate details in article
Nov 29, 2012 13:12
We count on IPT News to report with accuracy.
This article contains inaccuracies with regard the "Innocence of Muslims" movie.
Instead of recycling mainstream media news or parroting the liberal talking points,the IPT needs to take a stand and present the facts.. two important qualities for which it has always been respected.
Mafia acts again!
Nov 29, 2012 09:39
Talk against our prophet, talk against our book and it's the kiss of death for you. says the all merciful prophet...