An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world. The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are all outside Egypt and are thus unlikely to ever face the sentence. The charges were brought in September during a wave of public outrage in Egypt over the amateur film, which was produced by an Egyptian-American Copt.
The low-budget "Innocence of Muslims," parts of which were made available online, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon. Egypt's official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information - charges that carry the death sentence. Maximum sentences are common in cases tried in absentia in Egypt. Capital punishment decisions are reviewed by the country's chief religious authority, who must approve or reject the sentence.
A final verdict is scheduled on Jan. 29. The man behind the film, Mark Basseley Youssef aka Nakoula Nakoula, was among those convicted. He was sentenced in a California court earlier this month to one year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter, see link to prison site CLICK HERE. Youssef, 55, admitted that he had used several false names in violation of his probation order and obtained a driver's license under a false name. He was on probation for a bank fraud case.
Mark Basseley Youssef aka Nakoula B. Nakoula aka Sam Bacile was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1997 after being pulled over and found to be in possession of ephedrine, hydroiodic acid, and $45,000 in cash. Nakoula was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1997 to one year in Los Angeles County Jail and three years probation. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, he violated probation in 2002 and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail. In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to federal charges of bank fraud in California. Nakoula had opened bank accounts using fake names and stolen Social Security numbers, including one belonging to a 6-year-old child, and deposited checks from those accounts to withdraw at ATMs.
Florida-based Terry Jones, another of those sentenced, is the pastor of Dove World Outreach, a church of less than 50 members in Gainesville, Fla., not far from the University of Florida. He has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the film, as well as Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who posted the video clips on his website.
Morris Sadek did a lot more than just post video clips on his website, Morris Sadek had the film clip "Innocence of Muslims" translated into Arabic and sent it to an Egyptian TV station. Morris Sadek has shown up at several anti-Islam rallies promoted by right wing extremist Pamela Geller in New York City with his pal Joseph Nassralla of Media for Christ in Duarte CA.
The ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film first popped up on YouTube on July 2nd 2012, in the form of a 14-minute English-language trailer. By early September ‘Innocence of Muslims’ had been dubbed into Arabic and was brought to the attention of the Arabic-speaking world by Coptic blogger Morris Sadek on his website ”Nacopticas“. Morris Sadek’s Egyptian citizenship had been revoked for promoting calls for an attack on Egypt. A two-minute excerpt of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ dubbed in Arabic was broadcast on September 8 by Sheikh Khalad Abdalla on Al-Nas, an Egyptian television station and it has been all downhill from there.
Joseph Nassralla and Pamela Geller photo above
LA TIMES: Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih of Media for Christ in Duarte CA and Mark Basseley Youssef aka "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula" of Cerritos CA emerge as forces behind ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ the film whose trailer has incited violence across the Arab world and burned US Embassies in 20 countries. Media for Christ, whose stated mission is to “glow Jesus’ light” to the world, obtained permits to shoot the movie in August 2011, and Youssef provided his home as a set and paid the actors, according to government officials and those involved in the production.
Joseph Nassralla of Media for Christ in Duarte CA and Mark Basseley Youssef aka "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula" of Cerritos CA emerge as forces behind ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ the film whose trailer has incited violence across the Arab world and burned US Embassies in 20 countries. Joseph Nassralla this fool and tool of the Counter Jihadist lunatic fringe has now triggered terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda in the Middle East and possibly in the USA and maybe even Duarte CA where this ass clown Joseph Nassralla lives, way to go you jackass.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com