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Alleged anti-Islamic film maker taken to police station

Officers wanted to find out whether Nakoula violated any federal probation

  • AFP
  • Published: 14:34 September 15, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Reuters
  • Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012. The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video posted to YouTube that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested for violating terms of his probation, authorities said Thursday, September 27, 2012

Los Angeles: The alleged maker of a provocative anti-Islamic movie that has sparking violence across the Muslim world was taken early on Saturday for questioning to a police station, local television reported.

The local NBC News affiliate said Nakoula Besseley Nakoula was escorted by sheriff’s deputies from his Cerritos, California, home shortly after midnight for an interview by federal probation officers.

The report said the man emerged wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses.

Officials said the federal officers wanted to find out whether Nakoula had violated any federal probation.

In February 2009 Nakoula was charged in an alleged bank fraud conspiracy, the report said. The indictment accused him and others of fraudulently obtaining the identities and Social Security numbers of customers at several Wells Fargo branches in California and withdrawing $860 from them.

Nakoula also served a year in jail after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture in 1997, NBC News said.

Local police said Nakoula had agreed to the interview prior to the deputies arriving at his home and that the move was “entirely voluntary,” the report pointed out.

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