Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who produced the inflammatory anti-Islam film trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” has been arrested in California. U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal ordered the arrest because in her opinion, his penchant for deceiving authorities made him a clear flight risk. He has been accused of eight counts of violating his 2010 parole, including lying to his parole officer and using aliases. He had also been barred from using computers for five years unless he first obtained permission from his parole officer.
After violence broke out across the Muslim world, purportedly because of the trailer, Nakoula went into hiding. Since then, a senior politician in Pakistan, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, has put a $100,000 — or £60,000 — bounty on his head and actress Cindy Lee Garcia has filed suit against him for tricking her into making the film. Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has declared a fatwa against him.
All things considered, the filmmaker may be safer in the custody of California officials than trying to hide on his own. After all, if the State of California could find him, so could other interested parties.