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The producer of the controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" has been arrested for violating terms of his probation and is set for an appearance today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is scheduled for an initial appearance in the courthouse where Judge Christina Snyder sentenced him in June 2010 following a bank fraud conviction. [UPDATE: Citing Nakoula's "lengthy pattern of deception," a federal magistrate this afternoon ordered him to be held without bond for alleged probation violations, including making false statements to his probation officer and using aliases. The judge rejected a plea from Nakoula's lawyer, who argued that the convicted felon's life would be in danger at an L.A. lockup due to the facility's large population of Muslim inmates. Nakoula will remain in custody in advance of a probation revocation hearing, the date for which has yet to be scheduled.]

Investigators have not yet provided details about how Nakoula allegedly violated probation, but it seems clear that his

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Nakoula (seen above) was sentenced to 21 months in prison to be followed by six months in a halfway house. In the case of a probationary term, a probationary term for a probationary term of five years is included. Additionally, he was not to use, for any purpose or in any manner, any name other than his / her true legal name or names without the prior written approval of the Probation Officer.

While producing " Innocence of Muslims, "Nakoula repeatedly used the alias" Sam Bacile "(and other variants) in communications, online postings, and dealings with cast and crew working on the film.

At his sentencing, Nakoula said, "I decided to cooperate with the government to retrieve some of these mistakes or damage happened. Snyder's eventual sentence was about one year less than the punishment sought by probation officials and federal prosecutors.

p> The mention of "Mr. Henanin "is likely to reference Zakaria Botros Henein, the radical Coptic cleric whose followers in southern California include Nakoula and two other men linked to" Innocence of Muslims. "

A September 16 Los Angeles Times reported that "The preacher, the Times added, is sometimes called Islam's Public Enemy No. 1," and has taught that "Muhammad was" known around the globe for insults to the prophet Muhammad that are strikingly similar to those in the film. a necrophile, a homosexual, and a pedophile. "

  • Adam Floyd