TUESDAY PM, 20TH UPDATE WRITETHRU: Egypt’s general prosecutor today issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians, and Florida-based American pastor Terry Jones, on charges linked to the anti-Islamic Innocence Of Muslims that has been blamed for violent protests throughout the Middle East and beyond, the Associated Press reports.
The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the eight, including the film’s alleged producer, face charges of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information.
The office said they could face the death penalty if convicted.Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jay Carney today said last week’s attack at the U.S. Consulate in Libya that left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens dead, could have been the work of an armed group looking to “take advantage” of unrest he blamed on the anti-Islam film. ”We have seen circumstances in the past in other parts of the region where incidents that inflame opinion are taken advantage of, and exploited, by groups that have an interest in creating chaos and destabilizing their local governments, or attacking the West or the United States,” Carney said.President Barack Obama discussed the Consulate attack in an interview to air tonight on The Late Show With David Letterman.
He said the administration’s top priorities now are to “refortify” security at American embassies abroad and to bring the murderers to justice.Related: Obama Talks With Letterman ...... See Complete Article @ Deadline Hollywood