Muhammad film fraudster has no regrets

2012-11-26 19:51

Washington - The convicted fraudster behind an online video that outraged Muslims with its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad as a thuggish deviant, says has no regrets, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's crude trailer for Innocence of Muslims first appeared on YouTube in July, but touched off protests worldwide in September in the wake of a deadly attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Nakoula, convicted of bank fraud in 2010, was later arrested in Los Angeles for violating the terms of his release on probation, for which he now is serving a one-year prison sentence.

In what the Times called his first public remarks since his return to jail, Nakoula stated he would go to great lengths to convey what he called "the actual truth" about Muhammad.

"I thought, before I wrote this script, that I should burn myself in a public square to let the American people and the people of the world know this message that I believe in," he said in reply to written questions.

He cited the killing of 13 people at the Fort Hood military base in Texas in November 2009 - for which a Muslim army psychiatrist has been charged - as evidence of "atrocities" carried out "under the sign of Allah".

"I became even more upset and enraged" after the Fort Hood massacre, said Nakoula, 55, a Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt.

The Innocence of Muslim trailer was initially blamed for stirring the September attack in Benghazi in which US ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. The Obama administration later attributed the incident to terrorism.

The trailer was 14 minutes long, but the Times said it had confirmed the existence of a full-length version with people who had seen it on DVD. It runs for one hour and 40 minutes.

"My dad is not an evil man," the Times quoted his son Abanob Nakoula as saying.

"He has had a hard life. He did something - the movie, something he felt strongly about - that was not frowned upon by the (US) constitution. He would always say, ‘Don't fight Muslims; fight their ideology'."

  • theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-26 20:37

    He should have no's true period.

      steele.oyle - 2012-11-26 21:30

      Maybe youre a convicted fraudster too

      steele.oyle - 2012-11-27 06:29

      A convicted fraudster as a role model. Acquainted with Wendy Mechanik, allen stanford or bernie madoff

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-27 08:08

      steele Mike Jackson had a thing for little boys,yes? But does that take away from his music? For those of us that love and study history for "fun",Nakoula's movie is more accurate then what we are spoon fed by muslims and the media, even if the man committed fraud at some stage. - 2012-11-27 08:31

      The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who made the anti-Islam film that sparked protests across the Muslim world has no regrets about his insulting portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad. The film portrayed Mohammad as a womanizer, ruthless killer and child molester. Personally I watched the film on youtube and thought that it was badly-made and immature, however, the film is a part of freedom of speech, and you have to tolerate it, whether you like it or not. Freedom and Democracy is the ONLY reason why we care about this stupid movie.

  • tafseer.abbas.503 - 2012-11-26 21:31

    It's post like above which creates new problems. Don't you people give any thought for what you have to say? It isn't nice to target religion and race. Those who harm will eventually pay for their sins, All regions and all colours. Just keep it outta here!!!

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2012-11-26 21:45

      @tafseer.abbas.503: This is a public forum, and we still have some rights to freedom of speech. All, including yourself, are exercising that right when they comment here. You don't have to like what the others say, it's a matter of opinion isn't it?

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-27 03:43

      Truth is hard to face, huh Abbas?

  • abdul.m.gabier - 2012-11-26 21:42

    Please meet your Muslim neighbors. If this nonsense was true, Islam would not be growing with new Muslim converts.

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-27 08:05

      And if someone feels they made a mistake and want to leave islam and go back to their old faith? What does "allah" have to say about that?

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-11-27 08:46

    Please check You tube 'Muhammed in the Bibel ,The Absolute Truth'Part1 and 2.

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-27 13:35

      Yip , and the search suggestions just below it says "muhammed in hell".

  • buzz.burger.5 - 2012-11-27 10:17


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