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Death sentences for seven over anti-Islam video

Death sentences for seven over anti-Islam video
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Seven Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to death in their absence by a court in Cairo, for taking part in an anti-Islam video that prompted violent protests throughout the world.

The crude video, made privately in California, denigrated the Prophet Mohammed.

Cast members have previously said they were duped into thinking it was an adventure drama.

Among the condemned was Nakoula Bassely Nakoula who is currently serving a one year jail term in Los Angeles for probation violations arising from his part in the video.

There were anti-US protests and attacks on western embassies throughout the Muslim world in September.

The judge in Cairo said: “The seven accused were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in, producing and offering a film that insults Islam and its prophet.”