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Iran to prosecute director of "blasphemous film": Official

Source: ISNA

Tehran says it has decided to prosecute the culprit behind making the blasphemous film that has insulted Prophet Mohammad.

Iran Cabinet Meeting (file photo)

The Monday cabinet meeting being presided by First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi while condemning the film asserted that the government will definitely track down the director of the short online film to bring him to justice.

"If the American side intend to show their honesty in this regard and claim that they have respect for divine religions, they should punish this culprit," Rahimi said.

"Under the pretext of freedom of speech they commit any sort of crime but if something happens in other countries they condemn nations under the same pretext of freedom of speech and human rights," he noted.

Also Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced the country's criticism and condemnation of the film.

The film posted on You Tube in July has sparked outrage among Muslims for insulting the holy Prophet Muhammad. The film made in the US was first reported to be directed by an American-Israeli who relied on funding from 100 Jews but succeeding reports said that that the figure was fictitious and the film was made by a Coptic Christian living in Southern California identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

People protesting against the movie in Ardabil, Iran

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