Anti-Muslim film-maker's probation case creeps on
CERRITOS, California (AP) - The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case.
Federal officials have said nothing publicly about the case, and neither has Mr Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's attorney. Mr Nakoula has put his home up for sale and gone into hiding since violence erupted over the 14-minute YouTube trailer for Innocence Of Muslims, a crudely made film that portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a religious fraud, womaniser and paedophile.
Enraged Muslims have demanded punishment for Mr Nakoula, and dozens have died in violent protests linked to the movie. A Pakistani cabinet minister on Monday offered a US$100,000 (S$125,000) bounty to anyone who kills Mr Nakoula.
Meantime, First Amendment advocates have defended Mr Nakoula's right to make the film even while condemning its content. President Barack Obama echoed those sentiments on Tuesday in a speech at the United Nations.