Canadian sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt over film
FILE - Indian Muslims stamp on a U.S. flag during a protest rally against an anti-Islam film called 'Innocence of Muslims' that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Jammu, India, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP/Channi Anand)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:56AM EST
TORONTO -- A Canadian jewelry store manager is among those sentenced to death in absentia in Cairo over an anti-Islam movie that caused deadly riots in parts of the Muslim world.
Nadar Fawzy of Toronto fears being kidnapped and spirited to Egypt and says he plans to file a suit against the Egyptian government for what he calls a wrongful prosecution.
The 53-year-old is one of seven Egyptian Coptic Christians convicted and sentenced to death yesterday along with a Florida pastor for the low-budget movie "Innocence of Muslims."
Fawzy denies any involvement in the film saying the Egyptian government has been out to get him because of his Coptic Christian activism.
Fawzy says he's not a movie maker and knows none of the others convicted personally.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Ottawa had been in contact with Cairo but did not elaborate.
The death sentences still need final approval by Egypt's religious authorities.