Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Innocence of Muslims Man to be Questioned About Probation Violations
The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Federal prosecutors said Mark Youssef had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases. If Youssef denies those allegations, a judge will then likely schedule an evidentiary hearing. Youssef has been in a federal detention center since Sept. 28 after he was arrested for the probation violations and deemed a flight risk by a magistrate judge. He went into hiding after a 14-minute trailer for the movie "Innocence of Muslims" was posted on YouTube, sparking worldwide outrage.