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Anti-Islam filmmaker sent to jail for a year

Posted on Nov 08, 11:37AM | IBNS

The maker of Innocence of Muslims, the anti-Islam film that sparked protests across the globe, was sent to jail for a year on Wednesday after he admitted to violating the terms of his release from an earlier conviction, said reports.

Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, admitted to four violations, including lying to his probation officer and using false names.

The filmmaker was arrested in September for eight probation violations. On Wednesday, he admitted to four, in return for the other four being set aside, set reports.

Prosecutors and the judge said the film's message was irrelevant to Youssef's current probation violation case and prison sentence.

"I'm not going to say much about the movie because he's not here because of the content of the movie," assistant US attorney Robert Dugdale said.

The current case is connected to a bank and credit card fraud. He was convicted in 2010 and had been later under "supervised release".