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Egypt urges legal action over US Prophet movie

Mohamed Mursi asks embassy in Washington to take legal action against film makers

Egypt urges legal action over US Prophet movie
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi asked the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action in the United States against makers of a film attacking the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, the official state news agency said on Wednesday.

Mursi had requested the mission take "all legal measures", the MENA agency said, without giving further details on what that might involve.

Protesters who demonstrated outside the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday had demanded action by the president.

Separately, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a nationwide peaceful demonstration on Friday to condemn insults to Prophet Mohammad, a senior official said on Wednesday on the group's website.

The statement followed a protest in Cairo on Tuesday in which some demonstrators scaled the US embassy walls and tore down the American flag over a film they blamed on the United States. The Egyptian government called the assault unjustified and said the US government could not be held responsible.

In Libya, Islamist gunmen killed the US ambassador in an attack on the Benghazi consulate prompted by the film.

Brotherhood secretary-general Mahmoud Hussein called for a "peaceful protest to condemn insults to religious convictions and insults to the Prophet", adding it would start after noon prayers on Friday in front of main mosques across Egypt.

The group called for all Egyptian groups to join in. President Mohammad Mursi rose to power through the Brotherhood, although he formally resigned from the group on taking office.

The Salafi Call, an influential group of ultra-orthodox Salafi Muslim sheikhs, called for "suspending any cooperation between the two countries until (the US government) takes practical measures to stop this farce," it said in a statement.

It did not say whether it supported the protest.

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RBH 8 years ago

Yalla, his first mistake as a president.

Angelika 8 years ago

Exactly!

Abdul hafeez Sheikh 8 years ago

Muslim have right to protest against this dirty act.