Friday, 28 September 2012

Anti-Islamic filmmaker arrested for probation violation

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged producer of an anti-Islamic film that sparked violent anti-U.S. protests, has been taken into custody and will make an initial court appearance this afternoon in Los Angeles, USA TODAY's William Welch reports.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the US Attorney's office, says 55-year-old Nakola, a Coptic Christian, was arrested for alleged probation violation for his conviction of bank fraud in 2010. A bail hearing was to be held sometime after 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET).

Federal investigators had been looking into whether Nakola violated terms of his probation agreement by uploading the controversial film, Innocence of Muslims, onto the Internet and YouTube. As part of his sentence he was banned from using computers or the Internet, or using false identities.

Federal probation officers interviewed him Sept. 15 but did not arrest him. The next day he said he would not return to his home after receiving threat when he was linked to the film, which Muslims have called an insult to their prophet Mohammad. He has not been charged with any crime relating to the making of the film.

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