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Anti-Muslim filmmaker jailed for year in US

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:49 AM
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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California in this September 15, 2012 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The man behind the anti-Islam video blamed for sparking widespread protests in the Muslim world was jailed for one year Wednesday for breaching the terms of his probation for a previous offence.

Mark Basseley Youssef will serve the sentence in federal prison after he admitted four allegations of using false identities, violating the terms of his probation for a bank fraud conviction in 2010.

The 55-year-old was identified as the main man behind Innocence Of Muslims, which triggered a wave of protests in September, and was initially blamed for an attack which killed the US ambassador to Libya.

In February 2009, a federal indictment accused Youssef and others of fraudulently obtaining the identities and Social Security numbers of customers at several Wells Fargo branches in California and withdrawing US$860 (S$1,051) from them.

 
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