Pakistan minister offers $100,000 bounty for anti-Islam film maker
September 23 , 2012
A Pakistani minister has offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who kills the maker of an online video, which mocks Islam.
The announcement was made on Saturday as protests continued to take place across several parts of the Muslim world.
"I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000," Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference.
"I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission,” he added.
A spokesman for Pakistan's prime minister said the government had distanced itself from the minister's statement.
The film, titled Innocence of Muslims, portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and leader of a bloodthirsty gang of men. Clips were posted on YouTube earlier this year with an Arabic voice-over.
People involved in the film have said it was made by a 55-year-old California resident named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Nakoula has not returned to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos since leaving voluntarily to be interviewed by federal authorities. His family has since gone into hiding.
Some of the actors involved have since condemned the film, saying they were unaware it would be used as anti-Islam propaganda.