On Wednesday, an Egyptian court convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to life on charges linked to the anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
The man behind "Innocence of Muslims," Mark Basseley Youssef, was among those convicted. He was sentenced in a California court earlier this month to one year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter.
Florida-based Terry Jones, another of those sentenced, is the Quran-burning pastor of Dove World Outreach, a church of less than 50 members in Gainesville, Fla. He has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the film, as well as Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who posted the video clips on his website.