A federal judge has determined that a California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that inflamed parts of West Asia is a flight risk and ordered him detained.
Citing a lengthy pattern of deception, US central district chief magistrate said on Thursday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula should be held after officials said he violated his probation from a 2010 cheque fraud conviction.
He had eight probation violations and might face new charges. After his 2010 conviction, Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.
Nakoula, 55, appeared relaxed and smiling when he was led into the courtroom, handcuffed and shackled.
A Christian originally from Egypt, he went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the trailer, which depicts Prophet Muhammad as a womaniser, religious fraud and child molester.
Nakoula's attorney Steven Seiden sought to have the hearing closed and his client released on $10,000 bail.
When the judge asked Nakoula what his true name was, he said his name was Mark Basseley Youseff.
The full story about Nakoula and the video still isn't known. After the violence erupted, a man who identified himself as Sam Bacile talked to media outlets. Police linked the name to Nakoula, a former gas station owner with a drug conviction and a history of using aliases.