Cairo: A court in Egypt has awarded capital punishment to an American Pastor Terry Jones and seven Coptic Christians in absentia as they committed blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) by playing their part in the release of anti-Islam film few months back attracting widespread protest in the Muslim world.
The Egyptian high court found the culprits guilty of insulting and publicly ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), harming national unity and spreading false information. According to the Egyptian law, these offenses deserve death penalty and all the culprits were tried in absentia.
Terry Jones is an infamous pastor who lives in Gainesville, Florida, while the seven Coptic Christians who were also tried by the court, including Egyptian-American Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, who is currently serving a one-year-jail term in Los Angeles, were similarly tried in their absence.
The 13-minute anti-Islam video they were convicted for, which was produced privately in California, insulted the Prophet of Islam. Protests over the video brought several deaths and numerous casualties.
“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 is quoted as saying.
In reply, Terry Jones wasted no time in commenting in typical mocking fashion. In a telephone interview, Jones said that the ruling “shows the true face of Islam.”
He said while twisting the facts about peaceful religion 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.”
Jones, whose media-hungry tricks include his burning of the Holy Quran, footage of which featured in the trial, is going to release another anti-Islam film in December which claims to shed light on the “dangers” of Islam from an ex-Muslim’s point of view.
Jones also plans to hold a “Burn Obama Day” under the title “He doesn’t get a free pass because he’s black: BURN OBAMA DAY, January 19th, 2013 4pm.”
Jones described the reason for the protest as saying, “We protest in disgust, in civil disobedience, in anger, in hope, in prayer, that the United States of America will wake up. We protest in proclamation: I did not vote for him. He must be impeached, removed, because he is a liar, a deceiver, a murderer, he is anti-American, anti-Christ. … America is in dire straights. We are facing economic collapse. We murder, through abortion, thousands of children a day. We promote the perverted LGBT agenda. We appease and support the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam.”
Muslims across the globe have strongly protested against the pathetic moves of Jones and his mental illness for Islam enmity. They say that Freedom of Speech does not allow anyone to hurt the sentiments of followers of any religion.