Nakoula Basseley, the man responsible for the anti-Islamic film that led to multiple protests was taken to a sheriff’s station this morning to be questioned by probation officers.
The California man emerged from his house while covering his face in a hat, scarf, and glasses as to not be identified.
Nakoula voluntarily left his house on Saturday morning to meet with the officers, according to Steve Whitmore, an LA Count Sheriff’s spokesman.
He told the press:
'He will be interviewed by federal probation officers. He was never put in handcuffs... It was all voluntary.'
Basseley is currently under investigation to determine whether the release of his film was a violation of his probation, which could land him in prison once again.
In 2010, Nakoula was convicted of $800,000 worth of bank fraud and was released from prison as long as he did not use the internet or aliases.
The NY Daily News reports:
Federal authorities have identified Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, as the key figure behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammed that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Middle East. A federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday that authorities had connected Nakoula to a man using the pseudonym of Sam Bacile who claimed earlier to be writer and director of the film.
Violent protests set off by the film in Libya played a role in mob attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials.
Federal prosecutors have formerly charged Nakoula for using multiple false identities in creating his fraudulent accounts and this most recent incident may land him more jail time.
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Source: NY Daily News