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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, alleged 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker, is arrested

Filmmaker believed behind offensive anti-Islam film is arrested for violating parole.

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A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the film 'Innocence of Muslims' in Jakarta, on September 14, 2012. More than 350 Muslim fundamentalists and their supporters staged an anti-US demonstration in Jakarta Friday, spewing anger at America over an anti-Islam film (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man thought responsible for anti-Islam footage that sparked days of rioting throughout the Muslim world earlier this month, was arrested late Thursday on charges of violating parole terms tied to a separate 2010 fraud case, reported the Los Angeles Times

Nakoula was found guilty of fraud in a 2010 case and released in 2011 on probation terms that restricted, among other things, his use of the Internet, said the LA Times. However, his association with the anti-Islam footage released on YouTube prompted authorities to investigate whether or not he broke the rules of his parole. 

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US Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal found Nakoula a flight risk and ordered him held without the possibility of bail, said Reuters

"The court has a lack of trust in the defendant at this time," Segal stated, denying Nakoula's bail request at a US District Court, reported Reuters

Prosecutors are charging the 55-year-old Egyptian-American with violating eight terms of his parole, reported The Wall Street Journal

The footage for which Nakoula is thought responsible, a 14-minute trailer for a supposedly forthcoming film titled "Innocence of Muslims," a clip recently subtitled in Arabic, openly mocks Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Those involved with the film claim to have been conned into it, and Nakoula -- a Coptic Christian -- is suspected of operating under the false name Sam Bacile. 

However, Nakoula's full involvement with the film is unclear and the case remains murky.

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