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.
Nakoula, a California man convicted of bank fraud has been escorted to an interview with federal officers probing possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam video that has triggered violent protests in the Muslim world, police said on Saturday. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said Nakoula voluntarily left his home, accompanied by sheriff’s deputies, to meet with the officers in the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. The obscure 13-minute English-language video, which was filmed in California and circulated on the Internet under several titles including “Innocence of Muslims,” portrays Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) engaged in crude and offensive behavior.
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.