Jordanian lawyers file lawsuit against Google, producers over anti-Islam film

13-06-2013 05:05 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A group of Jordanian lawyers filed a lawsuit in Jordanian courts against the producer of a controversial anti-Islam movie and against Google, the owner of Youtube.

The lawsuit was filed by the Freedoms Committee at the Jordan Bar Association (JBA), represented by Lawyer Nour al-Imam, Mustafa Yaghi, Adel Saqf al-Hayt, and Faisal Khoza'i.

An indictment decision was referred to the specialized courts on April 28, 2013, with the lawyers citing personal right against the movie "Innocence of Muslims," which sparked major controversy and violent protests over what many Muslims considered as a major offense to the person of Prophet Muhammad.

The case was also filed against the producer of the 14-minute movie Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and movie director Alan Roberts.

The indictment decision was also filed against Google, the owner of YouTube, for allowing the movie clip to be published on their site.

The movie clip was initially uploaded to YouTube in July 2012, followed by versions dubbed in the Arabic language uploaded later in September.

Anti-Islamic content had been added in post production by dubbing, reportedly without the actors' knowledge.

The indictment decision includes charges of blasphemy, offending religious sentiment, and slander against Prophet Muhammad and inciting religious strife in accordance with Jordanian Penal Law and international conventions, including The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and the Information Systems Criminal Law, among others.

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