Iran: We Will Hunt Down Video Makers

Producer goes into hiding; actress posts 'scared' letter
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2012 3:54 PM CDT
Iran: We Will Hunt Down Video Makers
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivers a speech in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

As rage over an anti-Islamic video erupts into more violent protests—Afghanistan and Pakistan are among the latest—Iran is vowing to hunt down the makers of Innocence of Muslims, the Telegraph reports. "The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns ... this inappropriate and offensive action," said First Vice-President Mohammad Reza. "Certainly it will search for, track, and pursue this guilty person." In related news:

  • Anna Gurji, an actor in Innocence of Muslims, has posted a letter describing herself as "scared" and "shattered," Huffington Post reports. But like other actors, she insists the original video was not anti-Islamic. "I will not go into hiding (since I have nothing to hide), because if we don’t speak the truth, there is no world worth living for," she writes.
  • Family members of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who produced the video, have fled their home in Cerritos, Calif., and gone into hiding with Nakoula, ABC News reports. "They decided they would be safer where they could move about and live a normal life" for the "weeks and months to come," says a sheriff's spokesman.
  • After Hezbollah called for a week of protests, officials at America's embassy in Beirut have begun destroying classified documents, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
  • A quasi-official religious foundation in Iran said this weekend it was boosting the bounty on author Salman Rushdie's head from $2.8 million to $3.3 million, the AP reports.
(More Innocence of Muslims stories.)

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