Nakoula Basseley Nakoula 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
An Egyptian Christian who was one of the key figures behind an anti-Islam film
that sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was released from a Los
Screenshot from 'Innocence of Muslims'
Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, who reportedly
wrote and produced “Innocence of Muslims,” was released to a half-way house to
serve was sentenced in November 2012 to prison for violating his probation in a
2010 check-kiting case. He will leave the half-way house on September 26, but
will be on probation for the next four years, according to
Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is believed to
have uploaded to YouTube a 14-minute trailer translated into Arabic for the
crudely produced film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, despite not being
allowed to use the Internet without permission from his probation
In the wake of the initial violence following the release of the
trailer, two media outlets interviewed a California man who gave his name as Sam
Bacile and reportedly said he had produced, directed and written “Innocence of
Muslims,” and that Jewish donors had bankrolled the production.
But his claims,
which included that he was an Israeli American in the real estate business,
quickly came under scrutiny and were found to be untrue. It was later revealed
that Bacile was Youssef.