September 18th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video

Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor of insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world.

Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube. The clip from "The Innocence of Muslims" mocks the Muslim Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer.

"Innocence of Muslims" was an obscure Internet video until September 11, when rioters, seizing on it, breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Protesters also attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The charges - largely symbolic because the accused all live abroad - name alleged filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is identified by Egyptian officials as Elia Bassili.

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  1. Donaqld Mitchell

    i'm a 57 old father waiting for a heart transplant what dose that make me Mitt

    September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      A troll?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pitchfork

      Nobody stays on point in these blogs! What the heck does your heart have to do with this?

      September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    This simply states the obvious, and proves the point of Islam- well at least they are charging the coptics in this case rather then just killing them. Which is the funny part since the media never covered that aspect so closely where teh Coptics are murdered simply for following their faith. But do nto worry Obama keep sending them money they LOVE YOU. Islam just creates Evil.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      How come you lot were bothered while you had kept your tyrant friend mubarak in power., huh

      September 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      How come you lot were not bothered while you had kept your tyrant friend mubarak in power., huh

      September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Can they symbolically charge those four with the murder of the Ambassador and the other three?

    September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allison

    About fifteen percent of Egypt's eighty million are Christian, persecuted and oppressed by the Islamic Brotherhood Hillary and obama installed. Who will stand for their rights?

    September 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Freaking Terry Jones!
    I KNEW he had a hand in this!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @banasy,good mornin to ya,I myself thought the same,won't this annoying tick on the ass of life just go away.He should be held accountible for these innocent deaths,he's just a blood sucker who masquerades as a man of God,just a typical bum who never did anything in life till seeing an easy way to make a buck through the Lord,how pathedic!!!Just an instagator that thrives on being in the media limelight,give it to him,jail time is appropriate,wouldn't you agree ,maybe in Libya as a Coptic Christian!!!

      September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Akbar

    I'm certain the sheik presiding over the shariah court will provide them a fair trial before they are sentenced to death by stoning. Do you believe Barack Obama was unaware this condition would occur when he sided with Islamic Brotherhood? He knew.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Akbar,Pres.Obama isn't the God Almighty,he's not everywhere,seeing everything..That's why they're extremist because at the drop of a pin they go off,they're poor,ignorent and probibly social misfits,you can't tame them all.Ask Mohammed or Jesus what would they do???

      September 19, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    All this from a 14 minute clip. Isn't anyone glad it wasn't part of a weekly 1/2 hr. mini-series? Grrrrrrrrr. Now I can proceed with reruns of Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I got to get back. Oh yeah, hi banasy!

    September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Emily

    Barak HUSSEIN Osama. That says it all. See the movie 2,016 and see for yourself.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Emily, it is a fictionalized account of Obama's life...and a badly panned one at that.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      @Emily, saw it, loved it, all the vetting the main stream media declined to do in 2008 and now we pay the terrible price. Most impacting was the interview with his brother who was NOT an anti colonialist like the Mau Mau terrorist grandpa, and that Barack's tramp mother dumped the second husband when he dumped communism for capitalism and started showing some success. With a mother like that, who needs enemies?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Dang, Hamsta, that's ugly, even for you.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      You are in a sad mental state when your concept of truth is based on a movie. Was there a time in your life when you actually got off your can and did some fact finding on your own?

      September 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      That is were you are wrong Banasy, this isn't Al Gore or Michael Moore.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And, Hamsta, I said the same thing to another poster when he implied the same thing about Fmr President Bush.
      It's ugly, and it speaks volumes about the rampant hatred that politics have turned into, and exactly where the mindset of the people who make them actually are at.
      Ugly.

      September 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      @ Banasy I don't really like any politician, they all want to sell you a lemon if you get the picture. I have studied chaos theory my entire life. I also study conspiracies, doesn't mean I believe them. Everyone knows that area 51 isn't hiding a weather balloon so my best guess is that aliens and flying saucers are just a cover story for what they are really hiding from you. Just like 2016 is what Obama is hiding from you. If I were you I would be stockpiling gold, food and weopons. Revelations is starting to ring true. There is a reason that the government wants more gun control laws. Obama's closest friends are people who want to destroy capitalism, the main driver of world economics. If you pay attention he has all the qualities of the anti christ. And the fools that all of you are will put him in power. Not only does the bible which some of these fools dismiss as a faory tale state this, but so do Nastradamus and many other prophets. I have met the grim reaper, and I can tell you the rapture is a lie, but armeggedon is the truth. I can also tell you that some phony preacher in a bogus church isn't going to save your soul for $99.99. I know i'm saved, are you right with God? Tides and offerings aren't what you decide to give to that preacher, he is just going to buy a Lexus and you will both rot. Ask yourself what would Jesus do and do it. Until then your tides and offerings are unpaid. Jesus himself destroyed a temple because God has no need with money.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    i dont understand why such a ruckus about a stupid film all the while they are raising their children to kill christians i cant begin to see how a film mocking muhammed ever compares to a christian american getting his head cut off on and to beat it all "ON FILM" i think thats ignorant of the faith to be that way i also think we should pull out of there theyve been acting like animals for over 3000 yrs what makes us think we can change that we bomb them with no true success and then spend all of our money rebuilding them all the while they sit on all the oil i feel the politics have over powered common sense to a huge and embarassing level

    September 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patsy

    Seems like the anti-islam tape could fall under a category such as "hate crime" – which could get tricky since it involves different countries! Maybe it's time for some new international laws.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ronvan

    YEP!! Definitely another mess! FREE SPEECH folks!! We are letting our RIGHTS take control of common sense! This guy, who made the film, knew EXACTLY what he was doing and was probably praying for these exact results.
    AND the "law" finds him and brings him in for questioning and then let him go!? How about inciting terrorism, accompless to murder, etc..? NO, we just let him walk!! For me, he, and others, are just as guilty as these uneducated, religious fanatical, terrorists around the world! The ONLY thing these countries are interested in is our MONEY!! The ONLY thing WE are interested in is their OIL! As per their HISTORY, let them kill each other off and then pick up the scraps!

    September 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. james ainoris

    It is terrible how coptic christians are abused and murdered in egypt but what about the 3 million christians killed in sudan??? only Israel has rescued any women and children from there... I am really angry at these film makers for claiming they are Israeli Jews! what liars and cowards to drag us into their problem! We are not allowed to ridicule or persecute any peaceful religious group as per TORAH! now these cowards cause Moslems to hate us even more!... fight your own battle! why dony you save some your own christian brothers from sudan? because they are not white?

    September 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pete

    Many a Christian will be innocently killed or injured because of the ignorence,insensitivity of one Egyptian so called filmmaker.When will these Muslim extremist get their heads on straight,all religions no matter who are sometimes portrayed in an unpleasant picture.These Muslims don't understand or are ignorent of the fact that its the Americans that give them most of their aid,if we stopped it they'd most certainly suffer wouldn't they...Maybe we should and let them know who really is the boss,not their so called PMs that go to us like Netanyahu who's always crying about Irans supposid threats of war..They should be advised you're on your own,fend for yourselves kids,feed,cloth,medications and military help has now been suspended.See how long they survive,not long because they've been cuddled for years and like all dependants you eventually leave the nest and fend for yourselves,that's life treat these countries as such!!

    September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cyril

    You know the media has been reporting on these events and right they should, but has anyone ever considered that these offenses happening to the muslims happens to coptic christians EVERYDAY. There are those that burn down churches, insult the christian faith, murder innocent men, women, and children. This happens not only in Egypt but all across the middle east and asia. There actions just prove everything the video was trying to depict and we have to open our eyes to this reality because ignorance is not bliss it's submission.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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