Calif. Man behind Anti-Islam Film back in prison
The California man who was handed in an anti-Muslim inflammatory film “Innocence of Muslims” that resulted Middle East deadly violence was on Wednesday sentenced to one year in prison.
Mark Basseley Youssef admitted that he had used several false alias and accused for violation of his probation order from a 2010 bank fraud case, also accepted to obtain a fraudulent California driver’s license under a false name.
During hearing, after a negotiation between lawyers for Youssef and federal prosecutors, the court ruled its verdict and said that Youssef would serve four years of supervised release.
Initially came with a name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the anti-Islamic filmmaker Youssef had sparked series of violence in Libya as well as the entire Middle East, killed several dozens of people via “Innocence of Muslims” video clip promotion on YouTube depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and a womanizer.
The situation had much threatening that US State Department ordered Americans to come back from affected areas, also asked affected nations to promise full security of Americans. In Pakistan a bounty of $100,000 had offered on Youssef to kill him.
Sources said that, during hearing it was cleared that none of the violations had to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims”, but nor cleared that whether he was the person who posted it online.
Now Youssef, 55 will spend his sentence behind bars at a Southern California prison. “The one thing he (Youssef) wanted me to tell all of you is President Obama may have gotten Osama bin Laden, but he didn’t kill the ideology,” Youssef’s lawyer Steven Seiden told reporters, but did not clear the meaning about what he wanted to say.