Anti-Islam filmmaker fears for his life
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Anti-Islam filmmaker fears for his life

Youssef's attorney says hundreds of Muslims held in same detention facility

This courtroom sketch shows Mark Basseley Youssef (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula), right, appearing to give testimony at a hearing on Thursday (photo credit: AP/Mona Shafer Edwards)
This courtroom sketch shows Mark Basseley Youssef (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula), right, appearing to give testimony at a hearing on Thursday (photo credit: AP/Mona Shafer Edwards)

The attorney for Mark Basseley Youssef, the man behind the anti-Islam film that has sparked violent anti-US protests throughout the world, called on authorities in Los Angeles to increase security at the detention facility where Youssef is being held.

Defense attorney Steven Seiden cited the fact that hundreds of Muslims are held at the same facility to stress that Youssef fears for his life, according to Israel Radio.

Court documents show Youssef, 55, legally changed his name from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2002, but never told federal authorities, who now are using that information as part of the probation violation case against him.

He was ordered jailed without bail Thursday until a hearing is held to determine if he violated the terms of his supervised release on a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Prosecutors allege he used multiple aliases and lied to his probation officers about his real name.

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