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$300,000 Bounty On ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Filmmaker’s Head

Submitted by on October 10, 2012 – 10:00 am Comments

‘Innocence Of Muslims’ is still creating a stir in various pockets of the world. Now a bounty has been placed on the head of its filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Mir Farooq Hussini, the spokesman for an organization representing about 450 religious schools in Herat province in Afghanistan, is offering this bounty. The movie as you know resulted in violent protests and even deaths of people around the world. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was one of the casualties.

Nakoula on his part has been arrested for probation and violation. Some of the violations included making false statements regarding his role in the film and his use of the alias “Sam Bacile”. Sam Bacile was the alias under which he made the film. The film basically showed Prophet Muhammad in a bad light, something that wasn’t tolerated by Muslims world over.

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Earlier a $200,000 bounty was placed on Nakoula’s head by former Pakistani legislator. Ikramullah Shahid made the offer at a rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar, before a crowd of about 15,000 people, earlier this month.  The rally was led by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an umbrella group of radical Islamic and militant groups. Shahid is a member of the group. In fact, a Pakistani cabinet minister before this had offered $100,000 bounty for Nakoula.

These bounties being put on Nakoula’s head isn’t really serving the purpose, but only helping the movie gain more publicity. Also, in today’s civilized world placing bounties on people’s heads or holding violent protests which result in the loss of lives, isn’t really the way to go. This sort of a violent reaction is resulting in the loss of innocent lives. Another way that it can be looked at is that, Nakoula when he released this film wanted to create a furor and was probably expecting this kind of a reaction, and Muslims who have reacted violently to this film have literally played into his hands by doing so. Nakoula on his part has been sent to jail and that too without bail, so the news of all the bounties on his head might only help in making him feel important, rather than terrifying him.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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