Islamist faces trial for blasphemy4 October 2012
An Islamist preacher is standing trial for destroying a Bible outside the US Embassy in Cairo in a rare instance of Egypt's blasphemy laws being used against a critic of Christianity.
Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah, aka Abu Islam, a preacher involved with a Salafist TV channel, was filmed committing the act on 11 September amid furious demonstrations against the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, made by Coptic Christians living in the US.
Egypt's general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for seven US-based Copts and one American citizen for their roles in propagating the film. Meanwhile, authorities in California detained Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man believed to be behind the film, for violating his probation terms for a previous conviction.
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