Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has, apparently, been arrested on a parole violation. The man largely believed to be behind the anti-Islamic film “The Innocence of Muslims” likely violated his parole terms by accessing the internet, which he was forbidden to do. He was on parole following a plea of no contest to charges of bank fraud. Nakoula had opened several bank accounts using stolen social security numbers.
Nakoula, under the name Sam Bacile, is thought to have been the one to create the low budget film “The Innocence of Muslims” by tricking the crew into working on what he claimed was a film about life in Egypt 2000 years ago. Following completion of the work, the voices were altered in order to make it into an anti-Islamic film.
The film remained in obscurity until Terry Jones, a noted anti-Islamic crusader, promoted the film himself. An arrest warrant for Jones has been issued in Egypt. A Google executive was detained in Brazil due to the company’s decision not to remove the film from YouTube, which is owned by Google.
Numerous members of the film crew and several of the actors have already lined up to sue Nakoula over the film.
Nakoula is an Egyptian Copt.