Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Egypt Charges 8 In U.S. In Connection With "Innocence of Muslims" Video

CNN reports that Egypt's public prosecutor yesterday charged 7 Coptic Christians living in the United States, and Florida pastor Terry Jones, with insulting the Islamic religion and the prophet Muhammad, inciting sectarian strife, harming national unity and spreading false information, all in connection with the 14-minute trailer for the movie Innocence of Muslims.  The video, posted on YouTube, led to demonstrations around the Arab and Muslim world, including attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Libya. (See prior posting.)  In addition to Jones, those charged are filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (identified by Egyptian officials as Elia Bassili); Morris Sadek, who is believed to have posted the video on YouTube; Morcos Aziz; Fikri Zokloma (also known as Esmat Zokloma); Nabil Bissada; Nahed Metwali; and Nader Nicola. Egypt added the names of those charged to its airport watch list, and says it will ask Interpol to add the names to its wanted lists.