Anti-Islam filmmaker jailed

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is held on eight counts of violating his parole

The man behind the anti-Muslim film that has caused violent protests around the world has been jailed.

It's claimed that 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has been in hiding, violated the terms of his probation imposed over a previous conviction for cheque fraud.

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Nakoula... driven away by Federal marshals in Los Angeles (Copyright: PA)

Under the conditions of his release, he was forbidden from using the internet or using aliases without permission from his probation officer.

It's thought he may now face further charges for eight probation violations in all, which could carry a further sentence of two years in prison.

Judge Suzanne Segal suggested that Nakoula was likely a flight risk, adding: “The court has a lack of trust in the defendant at this time.”

The 14-minute film 'Innocence of Muslims', which was billed as a trailer, emerged on YouTube and caused widespread protests in the Middle East, though little is known about whether there is an actual film beyond the trailer.

It portrays the prophet Muhammad as a philanderer, a fool and a child molester.

President Obama publicly denounced the film, and requested Google, which owns YouTube, take it down, but it refused claiming that it did not violate content standards.

The clip is thought to have caused the outbreak of violence which lead to an attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans including ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour offered a bounty of $100,000 to anyone who would kill the person behind the film, leading Nakoula's attorney Steve Seiden to say that he is 'extremely concerned' for his client's safety.

Nakoula is a Christian and former gas station owner, originally from Egypt.