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Innocence of Muslims Producer Jailed for Parole Violation

Scene from Innocence of Muslims. Photo: YouTube

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man behind the anti-Islamic film that sparked protests around the globe, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, according to CBS News. Nakoula was convicted of bank fraud in 2010 and after serving time in prison he was put on probation for five years. During that time he’s forbidden from using computers or the Internet without the approval of his probation officer, and Nakoula — or rather, whoever is behind the alias “Sam Bacile” — reportedly used both while making Innocence of Muslims

The Los Angeles Times reports that Nakoula was ordered to be held without bond during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Nakoula’s lawyer denied that his client violated his probation and argued that he’d be in danger in the downtown L.A. federal prison because it has a large Muslim population. However, Judge Suzanne H. Segal said he belongs in jail due to his “lengthy pattern of deception.”  “The court has a lack of trust in the defendant at this time,” she said, adding that he poses “some danger to the community.”

Innocence of Muslims Producer Jailed