To absorb Muslim anger worldwide Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over anti-Islam film

To absorb Muslim anger worldwide Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over anti-Islam film

Cairo : Egypt | Sep 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM PDT
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Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over Prophet film

Egypt's general prosecutor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, has ordered seven U.S.-based Egyptian Copts and conservative American pastor Terry Jones to be tried for their involvement in disdaining Islam. The film is insulting Prophet Muhammad, inciting sectarian tension and spreading destructive schemes that call for Egypt's destruction and insult Muslims.

The names of the accused are: Morris Sadek, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Esmat Zaklama, Elia Bassily Ihab Yacoub, Jack Atallah, Adel Riad and Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones, according to a statement by the prosecutors.

No trial date has yet been set.

According to MENA news, Adel al-Saeed, spokesperson for the public prosecution, said Egypt's general prosecutor ordered that the names of the eight defendants to be placed on the arrivals watch list. He also called on the U.S. authorities to arrest them and extradite them to Egypt.

However, the film, believed to have been produced by a small group of extremist Christian Americans, has sparked a week of furious protests outside U.S. Embassies and other American symbols, in at least 35 countries. Some other countries have held many demonstrations to condemn the sacrilegious movie.

The film, which enraged Muslims as disrespectful to Islam, satirized the life of the Prophet Muhammed, founder of the faith, using themes of violence, sexuality and comedy.

Meanwhile, lawyer and deputy head of the reform and development party, Mamdouh Ramzi and co-lawyer Tharwat Bakhteet filed a legal complaint against Egyptian Sheikh Abu Eslam Ahmed Abdullah on Monday, for allegedly burning the Holy Bible on Saturday, as the protests in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

They claim that the act of burning the Bible copy is insulting and denigrating to the Christian religion.

For his part, in a statement addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and distributed by MENA news, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the highest authority of Sunni Islam, called for the adoption of an international resolution prohibiting insulting Islam.

He added that, this resolution was to criminalize attacks on Islamic symbols and symbols of other world religions. Al-Tayyeb said, it was the responsibility of the U.N. to protect world peace from all threats or aggression so that these dangerous events will not be repeated in the future. He also called the Egyptians to exert wisdom and restraint in these difficult times, condemning the harm of innocent people and stressing the need to protect diplomatic missions.


Arab media, in addition to some Western media stated that, America might decide to suspend the annual aid to Egypt, as the Egyption government did not control the events in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo. At the same time, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed concern about the incursion and told an interviewer that Egypt's new government was neither an ally nor an enemy.

This statement may rejoice Egyptian people, as it means that their country is not an agent of America, However, leaders of Egypt understand the hidden meaning of Obama's declarations. At the same time and in order to absorb the public anger, the decision was taken by the Egyptian government to take the case to trial for the people accused, without specifying a date for it.

Of course, all wanted by Egypt are U.S. citizens, therefore, the possibility of their visit to Egypt is far away, if not impossible. The question here, will America accept the idea of handing them over to Egypt? The answer is impossible.

The attorney general's decision will please the simple people of Egypt, but this decision will not be easily implemented. Despite its issuance, the Salafists are still protesting and threatening. Bear in mind the Salafists come second, after the Muslim Brotherhood, in power.

After all, I believe that America will work to prevent dissemination of any abuse of Islam. I think that what America has built in many years to give a good reputation was demolished in a week. Certainly if Obama remains or a new president takes over, he will take into consideration America's loss of what has happened, in particular, the worldwide demonstrations, in addition to the human and material losses for all.


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To absorb the Muslim anger worldwide; Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over anti-Islam film
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on the set of film 'Innocence of Muslims' with actress Anna Gurji (Nick Stern / The Daily Mail)
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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