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Anti-Islam filmmaker that sparked riots jailed for one year

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 8, 2012 in World
The filmmaker behind the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Muslims" has been sentenced to one year in a U.S. prison for breaching his terms of probation.
Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, was sent back to jail by a court in Los Angeles for four probation violations related to lying about his identity.
Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and Sam Bacile, was on probation at the time the film provoked such controversy. He has been in protective custody since his arrest in September, Al Arabyia reported.
Assistant U.S. attorney Robert Dugdale said of Youssef: "This is a defendant who has engaged in a long pattern of deception. His dishonesty goes back years."
Dugdale also claimed that Youssef had betrayed the actors that appeared in the anti-Islam film which sparked riots in Muslim communities. By failing to reveal he was a convicted felon the actors involved had not taken safeguards regarding their involvement in the film.
According to Naharnet Dugdale argued "His deception actually caused real harm to people," and had ruined the careers of some people that appeared in the video. However, Youssef was not convicted on any charges relating to the film.
Following his release from prison Youssef must serve a further year on probation.
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