Los Angeles, Sept. 15 (Reuters): A California man linked to an anti-Islam film on YouTube that triggered violent Muslim protests was taken today to be questioned about possible probation violations.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was not allowed to access the Internet without approval of a probation officer as a condition of his release from prison in a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
Shortly after midnight today, he voluntarily left his home for the meeting in a sheriff’s station in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, Los Angeles county sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
“He will be interviewed by federal probation officers,” Whitmore said. He said Nakoula had not been placed under arrest but would not be returning home immediately. “He was never put in handcuffs ... It was all voluntary.”
Nakoula, who has denied involvement in the low-budget film in a phone call to his Coptic Christian bishop, was ushered out of his home and into a waiting car by several sheriff’s deputies.