Senegal: Rapper faces six months in prison for criticising authorities
On 19 June 2014, at a ceremony in the suburbs of Dakar on the mobilisation against drugs, Fou Malade, one of the rappers from the Y’en a marre movement (‘Enough’s enough’), said aloud to the Senegalese Minister of Interior and to the Director General of Police what everyone thinks quietly. His remarks led him straight into custody where he faces six months in prison for criticising the phenomenon of racketeering within the police, reported Radio France International, RFI.
RFI reported from the court case where Fou Malade’s defense lawyers requested his release. “It is totally disproportionate. There is no need to place him in custody. His freedom does not threaten public order,” said Mame Adama Gueye.
The judgment was scheduled to be announced on 1 July 2014.
» RFI – 24 June 2014:
Sénégal: un rappeur dénonce le racket policier et risque la prison
(Senegal: a rapper denounces police racketeering and faces jail)