Gainesville: A controversial US pastor Wayne Sapp burnt Quran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes.
The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the centre of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.
Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Quran was found “guilty” and “executed”.
The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.
It actually happened under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September created trouble around the World over his plan to ignite a pile of Qurans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.
Terry Jones said, “he had been trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book, but did not receive any answer, so he decided to burn the holy book.”
He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.
The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.