US pastor burns Koran to demand release of Iranian pastor

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US pastor Terry Jones burnt another copy of the Koran, the holy book for Muslims, in front of 20 people in Gainesville, Florida, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.

Jones demanded the release of Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who was sentenced to death in Iran for apostasy. Local authorities condemned Terry Jones's church to pay a fine of $281,00 (£173,00) for not respecting the local fire safety code, according to Jim prince head of the fire department in Gainesville.

In 2011, the pastor burned a copy of the Koran in a church in Florida in front of 50 people accusing Afghan Muslims of using the holy book to commit acts of violence. His gesture provoked anger and outrage amongst Muslims throughout the world and especially in Afghanistan where more than 2,000 people tried to take over the offices of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Kandahar as well as government offices in the region.

In 2010, he had already threatened to burn a copy of the Koran to commemorate the 9th anniversary of 9/11 attacks in the US. He had called on his parishioners to do the same.

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