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Friday, September 28, 2012

Another Name, More Mysteries For Man Tied To Anti-Islamic Video

This courtroom sketch shows Nakoula Basseley Nakoula talking with his attorney Steven Seiden, left, in court Thursday. (AP/Mona Shafer Edwards)

The man thought to be behind the crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East is in jail Friday pending a probation hearing.

Arrested on Thursday after authorities said he violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula told a judge his real name was Mark Basseley Youseff. He said he’d been using that name since 2002, even though he went by Nakoula in his fraud case.

The full story about Nakoula and the video “Innocence of Muslims” still isn’t known more than two weeks after violence erupted in the Muslim world, killing dozens.

Citing a lengthy pattern of deception and the potential to flee, U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal ordered Nakoula to remain in prison without bond until another judge can hold a hearing to determine if he broke the terms of his probation.

“The court has a lack of trust in this defendant at this time,” Segal said.

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