Author of anti-Islam film is condemned in the US

The author of the anti-Islam movie that unleashed a wave of violence in Arab countries was sentenced on Wednesday the 7th to a year in prison for violating his probation in a bank fraud case, announced a court in Los Angeles. Mark Basseley Yussef, 55 years old, formerly known by the name of Basseley Nakula Nakula, acknowledged having used various pen names, violating his probation.

While admitting his guilt for four charges - mainly to obtain a California driver's license with a fake ID - Mark Basseley Yussef failed to reach an agreement with the Prosecutor, that left four other charges outstanding.

The use of false identities was considered a violation of his parole. He was sentenced by a Los Angeles federal court to a year in prison, followed by four years of court monitoring. Mark Basseley Yussef had been convicted in 2010 to 21 months in prison for having opened multiple bank accounts and credit cards obtained with the use of false identities.

The author of the film containing insults to Islam the "Innocence of Muslims" had been arrested in September, after a wave of violence in the Middle East was triggered by the low-quality production, leaving more than 50 dead, including the American Ambassador in Libya.

Yussef lived in Cerritos, in South Los Angeles. Following the disclosure of the amateur film, which attempted to make a mockery of the Prophet Muhammad, Yussef hid fearing for his safety. The police helped his family to join him two days later, before his arrest, on the 27th of September.

The court ordered his arrest immediately, without the possibility of release on bail, at risk of fleeing and presenting a danger to the community. "The Court does not trust the accused" declared the judge.

Translated from the Portuguese version by:

Lisa Karpova


Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey