A 13-minute film about Prophet Muhammad sparked violent protests in the Islamic world and intense scrutiny against the United States. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who produced the anti-Islam film, was arrested in Los Angeles this Friday.
Whereas police officers only cite an alleged breach of his probation, the arrest of the anti-Muhammad film could be an attempt to prevent an escalation of violence. The 55-year-old movie producer was arrested in California this Friday over a federal probation violation but authorities are keeping mum about the conditions of his confinement.
Authorities arrested Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the movie producer behind the “Innocence of Muslims” controversy, this Friday over 8 alleged breaches of his probation conditions. The 55-year-old Coptic Christian was arrested and convicted in 2010 over check fraud and has been on probation ever since.
The case against him reads that Nakoula violated his probation terms by lying to his probation officers and using a series of aliases. One of the three identities that Nakoula used was that of Jewish real estate agent Sam Bacile, also the man who took credit for the film denigrating Prophet Muhammad.
Whereas the Pakistani cabinet minister is offering a $100,000 bounty on Nakoula’s head, authorities are scarce on the details of his confinement. Chris Burke, spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, said that after his arrest, the man who produced the anti-Islam film, was taken at the Metropolitan Detention Center, where other 969 inmates are currently residing.
There’s no word whether Nakoula is being kept with the general population or in isolation. Attorney Mark Werksman, who has dealt with similar cases, told Reuters the producer of the anti-Islam film will “be confined in a special unit where he’d be in a solitary cell, locked up alone and in maddening isolation”.
Nakoula’s attorney, Steve Seiden, argued his client life is at risk “due to the large Muslim population there”. U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal said Nakoula is a risk light and his “lengthy pattern of deception” makes him a person the court isn’t able to trust in.
Nakoula’s probation violations will likely have him serve another two years in prison. Effective immediate, Nakoula has been forbidden from using computers or accessing the internet for the next five years without approval from his probation officer.