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Terry Jones briefly arrested in US
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:31:29 GMT
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Pastor Terry Jones, left, and assistant Wayne Sapp enter court in Dearborn, Michigan. Reuters Picture
The American preacher who sparked worldwide outrage with the burning of the Holy Qur'an has been jailed briefly for not paying a one dollar “peace” bond.

Reverend Terry Jones and his associate Wayne Sapp refused to make the token payment after a Detroit court ruled that a planned protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan was “likely to breach the peace,” Sky News reported.

Judge Mark Somers also ordered the pair to stay away from the mosque for three years.

Prosecutors reportedly set the "peace" bond so that if Jones were to hold the demonstration, he would be held responsible for the extra costs of police and security. Police had estimated that it would cost approximately USD 46,000 for police protection if the protest were to go ahead.

Police offered Jones alternative places for his protest, such as the "free speech zone" in front of one of the city buildings, which he refused.

Prosecutor Robert Moran said that the issue was peace and security of the community.

The demonstration was to take place on Good Friday in front of the mosque, when four nearby churches were also expected to be crowded.

Terry Jones had received global condemnation last year when he planned "International Burn A Qur'an Day" on the anniversary of September 11 attacks with his 50-member Dove World Outreach Center church in Gainesville, Florida.

His plan to burn 200 Qur'ans ignited protests around the world prompting him to call off the desecration at the last minute. Moreover, US President Barack Obama and senior Pentagon officials warned him of the possible consequences.

He eventually torched a copy of the Holy Qur'an in March despite vowing not to do so.

Although desecration of holy religions is an act of intolerance, American officials have yet to take a stronger stance and put an end to such incidents.

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