Tunisia: Rapper Klay BBJ acquitted after three weeks in prison

On 17 October 2013, an appeals court overturned the conviction of rapper Klay BBJ on charges of “insulting the police,” Human Rights Watch reported.

Klay BBJ

Klay BBJ

A district court had sentenced Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) to six months in prison for performing lyrics it deemed “insulting” at a summer music festival.

“It’s great to see Klay BBJ free, but meanwhile he spent three weeks in prison and never should have been charged in the first place,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.


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Human Rights Watch – 21 October 2013:
Tunisia: Rapper Acquitted After 3 Weeks in Prison
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Update:

Magharebia – 28 October 2013:
Klay BBJ remains unbowed
According to Klay BBJ, his time behind bars allowed him to see people’s suffering, and made him put out a song speaking on the matter. “The prison time has given me an invaluable experience and I have gotten closer to people’s worries,” he said. Article by Jamel Arfaoui


Previous posts on Artsfreedom.org about Klay BBJ’s case:

Artsfreedom.org – 28 September 2013:
Tunisia: Rapper sentenced to six months in prison

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