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US Anti-Islam Filmmaker Jailed

Published: 28/09/2012 08:23:55 PM GMT
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LOS ANGELES - The controversial anti-Islam filmmaker has been ordered to jail after being arrested in Los Angeles for breaching the terms of his probation for a 2010 banking fraud conviction. The court has a lack of trust (more)

LOS ANGELES - The controversial anti-Islam filmmaker has been ordered to jail after being arrested in Los Angeles for breaching the terms of his probation for a 2010 banking fraud conviction.

"The court has a lack of trust in this defendant," Judge Suzanne Segal ruled, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Friday, September 28.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged director/producer of Innocence Of Muslims, appeared in court after being arrested for breaching the terms of his probation for a 2010 banking fraud conviction.

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Titled “Innocence of Muslims”, the film, set in the modern era, shows an Egyptian Coptic Christian fleeing from an angry Muslim mob. Egyptian police looked on while the mob smashed up a clinic where a Christian doctor worked.

The film was posted on YouTube in June but drew attention last week when an Egyptian-American Copt produced a trailer in an Arabic-language blog post and e-mail newsletter publicizing the movie.

The movie was promoted by US pastor Terry Jones, who angered Muslims in 2010 with plans to burn the Noble Qur'an.

Jones called the film a "satirical" movie on the life of the Muslim Prophet, saying he showed a promotional video trailer after staging a symbolic "trial" of the Prophet.

The film triggered protests in several countries around the world, which left at least 14 people dead, including the US ambassador in Libya.

The judge ruled that Nakoula, who has been hiding since protests erupted over his film, be detained without bond, saying he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Nakoula has been known to federal law enforcement for other reasons long before the anti-Muslim video emerged.

He pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.

He was released from prison in June 2011, shortly before production began on the video, prison records show.

He was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names given on applications, according to a criminal complaint.

Nakoula also pleaded guilty in 1997 to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to a year in jail, Sandi Gibbons.

New Measures

The new ruling was issued as the US-made anti-Islam film continued to affect the world.

In Russia, communications minister threatened on Thursday, September 27, to ban YouTube in the country if it doesn't remove a video mocking Islam.

"Content that is insulting to the people, of low quality, that is simply gaudy and which may be considered similar to pedophilia, should not be present on the Web, let alone on such big portals as YouTube," Senator Ruslan Gattarov of the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party, the first senator to raise the sensitive issue with prosecutors, told Voice of America.

He added that as long as Google, the owner of YouTube, removes the video, the site will not need to be blocked.

Brazilian authorities detained the country's Google chief after the company failed to remove YouTube videos.

The detention came as another Sao Paulo-based judge Gilson Delgado Miranda gave Youtube 10 days to remove video clips from "Innocence of Muslims," which has angered many Muslims around the world.

Muslims hailed the ruling for respecting religious sensitivities.

"Freedom of expression must not be confused with giving disproportionate and irresponsible offense, which can provoke serious consequences for society," Mohamad al Bukai, the head of religious matters for the Sao Paulo-based organization said in a statement.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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