Bail Denied for Suspected Anti-Islam Filmmaker

The man believed to have produced the anti-Islam film that ignited a wave violence across the Muslim world was arrested Thursday morning in Southern California, the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles said. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula appeared at a hearing Thursday afternoon on charges that he violated the terms of his parole, which forbade him from posting information to the Internet without permission from his parole officer. Those terms stemmed from a prior conviction tied to check fraud. At Thursday's hearing, which was closed to the media and public, the judge denied the defense's request to set Nakoula's bail at $10,000 and put him under house arrest, claiming that he would be in danger in the Metropolitan Detention Center where there is a large population of Muslims. The judge deemed Nakoula a flight risk, partially due to his rampant use of pseudonyms. Prosecutors alleged the man used one name on his drivers license, another on his passport and another moniker to obtain a film permit. Nakoula, a Coptic Christian originally from Egypt, has been in hiding since his identity was linked to "The Innocence of Muslims" film, which spread through the internet triggering a massive wave of anti-American sentiment across the Middle East and beyond. A future court date has not yet been determined.

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