Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Egypt Sentences "Innocence of Muslims" Filmmaker To Death

An Egyptian court has sentenced Nicola Basily, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Sam Basile, the man behind the "Innocence of Muslims" video, to death in absentia for various crimes, including "'intentionally committing acts to harm the unity of the country and peace of its land;" "calling to divide the country into small states on a sectarian basis and harming national unity;" and "using religion to promote extremist ideas resulting in religious division and disrespect [of] heavenly religion,'" according to NBC News. Mr. Basily is currently in jail in the US; a judge revoked his probation, which was conditional after his 2010 conviction for bank fraud. More here from The Hollywood Reporter.

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