Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, the Southern California man who wrote and produced the controversial anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” has been arrested and detained without bail following an order by a federal judge in the U.S. for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.
The judge, Suzanne Segal, Citing a “lengthy pattern of deception,” said that the court had a “lack of trust” in Nakoula, and believed him to be a flight risk who posed “some danger to the community.”
The film maker had appeared at the U.S. District Court preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. And he was asked to report to an office of the U.S. Probation Office, where U.S. Marshals officially arrested him. Authorities have been investigating whether he violated the terms of his supervised release from a 2010 conviction in a bank fraud case.
He had met with federal probation officers on Sept. 14 about whether his involvement in the film violated the terms of his probation, which barred him from accessing the internet without prior approval and from using any name other than his legal name.
It will be recalled that the film had been the source of various uprisings in different parts of the world, one of which had resulted in the death of the American ambassador to Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens.