US police escorting Nakoula Basseley Nakoula to Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012
The Israeli-American producer of anti-Islam movie sparking protests in several countries, has been questioned by US police investigating whether he violated his probation for financial conviction.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was voluntarily escorted to a Los Angeles sheriff’s station on Saturday and was interviewed by federal probation officers. He left the station about 30 minutes later, Steve Whitmore, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman said.
Nakoula was not arrested or detained for producing a blasphemous anti-Islam movie, which disrespects Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and depicts Islam as an oppressive religion. The US officials only decided to probe his financial statement and the connections he has so far made.
The federal officials said that they were reviewing the case of the 55-year-old self-confessed Coptic Christian, who was convicted of bank fraud charges back in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by a five-year long probation.
He had opened bank accounts with social security numbers that did not match the names on the application forms.
He was released in June 2011, while being banned from accessing the internet or representing himself from any other than his real name without his probation officer’s approval.
If the federal officials found that Nakoula violated the probation terms, he could be sent back to prison.
Muslims in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Gaza, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, and some other countries have held many demonstrations to condemn the movie that disrespected Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).