Nakoula Basseley the man behind the controversial anti-Muslim film which has sparked a wave of violent protest and days of rioting in several Arab countries has been taken into federal custody on suspicion of violating terms of his probation from a 2010 bank fraud case, according to local media outlets. Under the terms of the bail, Nakoula was not allowed to use the internet without permission from his probation officer.
The film, which was made mostly in Nakoula's house with a budget of 250,000 US dollars, set off violent and outrageous protests in Cairo, Egypt, Benghazi, Libya and Yemen, after its 14-minute trailer was posted online. A violent protest at the Libyan U.S. consulate took the lives of U.S. ambassador to the country Chris Stevens along with three other diplomatic staff members.
Soon after he was identified as the man behind the film, Nakoula went into hiding fearing his safety. Pakistan Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour earlier set a bounty of $100,000 on his head, even inviting the Taliban and "al-Qaida brothers" to kill him.
Also known as Sam Bacile, Nakoula is expected to make his initial appearance in a down town federal court in Los Angeles.
Written and presented by Ann Salter