PHOTOS: Meet Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of controversial anti-Muslim film

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (Left).

by Isi Esene

The first pictures of the Egyptian born US man who is suspected to be behind the amateur movie considered to be in bad taste by followers of Islam have been released.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is reported to be at the center of the probe into the amateurish movie “Innocence of Muslims,” which slanders the prophet Muhammed and triggered protests at several U.S. government buildings in the Middle East.

During a demonstration in Libya, which may have been used as cover by terrorists, an American ambassador and three of his colleagues were killed.

Anna Gurji: Said she was misled over the film's true contents.

The movie caused widespread protests in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen with the Benghazi, Libya protests taking the life of the U.S Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

Though a man known as Sam Bacile had been preliminarily fingered as the creator of the film, AP connected Nakoula to the Bacile persona.

Meanwhile, in California, 21-year-old  Ms Gurji, who plays Muhammad’s child bride, spoke yesterday of her fear of reprisals and how she was ‘betrayed’ by Nakoula.

“I was playing the youngest bride of a character named George. I had no idea George would be changed to Muhammad. I’m locked up in my house. I’m terrified people in the Middle East will blame me.

“I’m Catholic so they might think I have something against Muslims. I’m taking pills to sleep. I’ve been crying for days. I feel betrayed. My face is stuck on the movie clip. People see that awful film and they see me.”

Ms Gurji said she and her fellow actors believed they were making an action film called Desert Warrior and that Nakoula, or ‘Sam’ as she knew him, never discussed religion.

Nakoula, whose name has been widely linked to the film in media reports, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula shielding face from media on arrival at police station for interview

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  1. Who ever produce or contribute to the production of anti muslim movie, hav no respect for his religion and parent. Then he should be executed without respect like a dog or pig.

  2. Who so ever contribut to the anti islam movie if he/she does'nt face judgement in the live,he/she will surely face judgement in the front of almighty allah for disrespet our beloved prophet because we muslim never abuse prophet isha(jesus)peace and blessing of allah be with him.

  3. Benjamin,you ve said the right thing. Two wrong can never make a right. Anybody who kill anyone as a result of that film committed murder and should be treated as such. God,s hand is nt too short nor is God too weak to fight his own battle.our ways are different from God,s way.

  4. My muslim brothers in d world,let there be peace as d name of our religion suggest,I know, God wil use him as scape goat

  5. As 4 d producer of d film may God reward u in accodance with d rate of crisis u have caused in d word.

  6. Well, Saki seems one needs to consider your age before actually responding, someone makes a film by deceiving the people who were his actors, does a voice over and change it on them and they should be executed? Have you not been found wanting in a sin? Are you righteous enough to demand for the execution of another, irrespective of the circumstance. Can God be truly mocked by men? Since when has HE needed our help to fend for HIMSELF or defend HIMSELF? Before we speak, we should reason for one careless word can cause so much heated situation we regret it. Never wish for someone's life to be cut short for no one has wished you that. You are not God, you do not represent HIS concern, HE doesn't need you to take action for HIM, instead HE said he who causes harm to another be it an unbeliever is as worse as he who have killed him.

  7. Who so ever contribut in that anti-muslim muvie should be Excute couse it have couse crisis that lead to propaty distruction and lost of life.

  8. Who so ever contribut in Production of that anti muslim muvie that have couse crisis and lead to the death of some peaple and propaty distruction should be Excute.

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