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November 28, 2012 3:00 pm

Several Egyptian Christians Sentenced to Death for Anti-Islam Film

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An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven Coptic Christians who were tried in absentia for participating in the making of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which had sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world, Reuters reported.

“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,” Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said.

Included in the death sentence was the film’s director Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is currently serving a one-year sentence in a California prison for violating probation.

The Egyptian Coptic Christian Church had no comment on the decision. In a recent New York Times interview with Nakoula, the director stated that he wanted to convey “the actual truth” about the prophet Muhammad.

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