Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55 year-old Coptic Christian from Egypt and former gas station manager, has spent the last two months behind bars. And from his cell, Nakoula - arrested and sentenced for fraud - showed no remorse over the film that led to lethal riots around the world, including Tunisia, Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Morocco, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Indonesia.
Nakoula told the Times:
“I thought, before I wrote this script,” he said, “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.”
The viral video blasphemously depicted Mohammad as sexually depraved idiot and murderer. (It's important to note actors in the video were duped into thinking it was an action film to be titled, “Desert Warriors”).
Nakoula explained his reasons to the Times, citing Muslim "atrocities," such as Fort Hood Texas killings. He told the newspaper it was a typical example of bloodshed "under the sign of Allah.”
Reuters reports Nakoula will spend one year in prison for violating his parole. A condition of his previous release was the prohibition of his using an alias. When Nakoula released the video, he did so under the name Sam Bacile, among others.