Egypt's public prosecutor on Tuesday (September 18th) ordered that seven US-based Egyptian Copts be charged with insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and inciting sectarian violence, over their role in an anti-Islam film that sparked violent clashes around the world, AFP reported.
The prosecution said the seven suspects -Adel Riad, Morris Sadek, Nabil Bissada, Esmat Zaklama, Elia Bassily, Ihab Yaacoub and Jack Atallah- were involved in either the production or the distribution of the controversial film, "Innocence of Muslims".
No trial date has yet been set.
The film sparked a week of furious protests outside US embassies and other American symbols in at least 20 countries, including Egypt. Several cast members said they were duped into acting in the poorly made film, which has been linked to a non-profit group.
Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said he supports peaceful protests against the offensive video but condemned violence against diplomatic facilities or personnel.