55-year-oldCalifornia resident Nakoula Basseley Nakoula linked to the controversial anti-Islam film was taken in to custody and questioned over possible probation violations during making of film denigrating Islam.
Los Angeles authorities are investigating whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is convicted of bank fraud, violated his probation during the making of a film that has triggered deadly protests across the Muslim world. He was interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff’s station but was not arrested or detained.
Nakoula has denied involvement in the crudely-made English language film that insults the Prophet Mohammed. U.S. authorities have said they are not investigating the film itself, which is protected under freedom of speech laws.
Meanwhile, protests over the film, “Innocence of Muslims” continue globally. At least two people died and at least five others, including two police officers, were injured on Sunday during protests in Pakistan.
About 200 mostly young Muslims protested the film in Antwerp as well, chanting slogans. The amateur film widely seen as offensive to Prophet Muhammad has sparked protests across the Middle East as well as small demonstrations in Europe. Belgian police said they arrested more than 120 protesters and would release them after identity checks.
The United States has stepped up security at embassies and consulates worldwide in response to the outrage over the film. Pakistan has condemned the film but has urged restraint.