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The man allegedly born Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who allegedly changed his name to Mark Basseley Youssef in 2002, is the alleged man behind the anti-Muhammad film Innocence of Muslims. He allegedly went to great lengths to protects his identity out of fear for his life. Since his arrest, he has been in protective custody to prevent him from being harmed by the general prison population, which consists of Muslims who are allegedly not happy with him for making the film.
So, why is his attorney calling for Nakoula to be released into the general population?
Via L.A. Times:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who in 2002 legally changed his name to Mark Basseley Youssef, was read the eight counts Wednesday of violating the terms of his probation stemming from his 2010 conviction.
Nakoula faces allegations that he lied to his probation officers about using aliases and telling them that his role in the film’s production was limited to writing the script. He is also accused of using aliases on court documents and possessing a driver’s license under a false name.
Dressed in a white prison jumpsuit and chained and handcuffed at the waist, Nakoula replied “Deny” on Wednesday after the judge read each charge.
Prosecutors have said in court that probation officials are asking that Nakoula be returned to prison for a two-year term.
Nakoula’s attorney, Steven Seiden, asked U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder to order his client moved out of protective custody and into the general population at the downtown L.A. federal lockup, where he is being held without bail. He did not give a reason for the request.
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