US man 'behind anti-Islam film' arrested
Thursday 27 September 2012
A federal official says the California man behind an anti-Islamic video that has inflamed the Middle East has been arrested for allegedly violating terms of his probation.
US Attorney's spokesman Thomas Mrozek said that 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken into custody.
A US District Court hearing was scheduled for Nakoula this afternoon. It was closed to media and the public.
Nakoula is on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction.
Protests have erupted around the Middle East over a 14-minute trailer for the film "Innocence of Muslims" that depicts the Prophet Mohamed as a womanizer, fraud and child molester.
Nakoula, a Christian original from Egypt, went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the movie trailer, which was posted on YouTube.
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