California man behind anti-Islam film jailed

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 08:38 hrs

The man behind the anti-Islam film that sparked worldwide violence and caused several deaths was arrested on Thursday in California for allegedly violating his probation in a 2010 bank fraud case. A California court sent him to jail without bond.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is an Egyptian American and while jailing him the United States District Court in California said he is "a flight risk and a danger to the community."

Nakoula is believed to be the man who made the crude nearly 14-minute long film "Innocence of Muslims", that sparked protests across the world especially in the Muslim countries with one US diplomat succumbing in the violence in Libya. The video clip went viral on YouTube though in countries like India, Google blocked it in its search engine.

The United Nations human rights chief had also urged religious and political leaders to do their utmost to restore calm in the wake of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests in countries across the world.

"The film is malicious and deliberately provocative and portrays a disgracefully distorted image of Muslims. I fully understand why people wish to protest strongly against it, and it is their right to do so peacefully," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said.

Earlier this month, the United States Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi came under attack, leading to the death of the US ambassador to the country, Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats, and left other people injured.

Demonstrations against the film first erupted in Egypt when Islamist protesters scaled the US embassy walls in the capital, Cairo, and replaced the flag there with an Islamic one. The violence reportedly left more than 200 people injured.

Later demonstrators in Yemen stormed the US embassy compound, but were unable to break into the main building. The incident led to one death and injured 15 others.

Protests also took place in several countries including Pakistan, India, Sudan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

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