LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker behind the anti-Islam movie that sparked deadly riots around the globe, was arrested Thursday.
The Cerritos man, who had been in hiding, was likely arrested for violating his parole stemming from a 2010 bank fraud case.
Details of Nakoula’s arrest were not immediately available, and federal court documents on the case were sealed, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Nakoula, 55, created the controversial “Innocence of Muslims.”
He was expected to make his initial court appearance this afternoon, federal officials said.
Officials had been investigating whether Nakoula’s involvement with the film was a violation of his probation.
He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without permission.
The 13-minute video, which was posted on YouTube, portrays the Muslim Prophet Muhammad engaged in crude behavior, depicting him as a womanizer and child abuser.
Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said Nakoula’s defense team wanted all cameras out of the courtroom. They even tried to bar courtroom sketch artists.
Judge Suzanne H. Segal asked Nakoula Nakolua was his name and he replied, “No.”
Nakoula, who has used several aliases, told the court he has been going by Mark Basili Youseff since 2002.
The judge went on to say “the court has a lack of trust in the defendant at this time.”
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