Tunisia: Rapper sentenced to six months in prison
Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ has been sentenced to six months in prison for insulting the authorities in his songs, reported several news agencies on 26 September 2013. That is 15 months less than the sentence he was first given in August 2013.
Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) lost his appeal case after he and fellow rapper Weld El 15 (real name: Alaa Yacoub) were found guilty in August 2013 of insulting the police at a concert in the resort of Hammamet in northern Tunisia where they had performed a song titled ‘The Police Are Dogs’. The two rappers were sentenced in absentia in August 2013 to 21 months in prison.
Klay BBJ appealed the verdict, while Weld El 15, who had been in trouble before for his song ‘The Police Are Dogs’, did not appeal and is still today on the run.
“Our songs criticise the current situation in Tunisia and the government, no more and no less,” AFP news agency quoted Klay BBJ as saying in court. “I am among the rappers most critical of the government and that is why [the authorities] are after me,” he said.
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BBC News – 26 September 2013:
Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ jailed for six months
Tunisian rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed, known as Klay BBJ, has been sentenced to six months in jail for insulting the authorities in his songs.
NPR – 26 September 2013:
Tunisian Rapper Klay BBJ Is Jailed For Insulting Authorities
After a short trial, Tunisian Rapper Klay BBJ was sent to jail on Thursday for performing songs a judge said insulted authorities and undermined morals. By Eyder Peralta
Huffington Post – 27 September 2013:
Tunisian Rapper Klay BBJ Sentenced To Jail For Insulting Police
A Tunisian rapper was sentenced to six months in jail for defamation, insulting the police and undermining public morals. By Hunter Stuart
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