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Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over Prophet film

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Posted: Sep 18, 2012 12:42 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2012 12:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Egypt, Copts, pastor, arrest warrant, Coptic Christians, Florida, Muslim, Islam, death penalty, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Egyptian, California, film, Terry Jones, WBRZ

CAIRO - Egypt's general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.

The prosecutor's office says the seven men and one woman, all of whom are believed to be outside of Egypt, are charged with harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. The office says they could face the death penalty.

A statement from the prosecutor on Tuesday says Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt living in southern California and believed to be behind the film, is among those charged. So is Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones, who has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the video.

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