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Tunisia's Rapper, Ala Yaacoubi

Court Sentenced Rapper to Prison for Abusing Police in Tunisia
Mon, 2 Sep 2013   ||   Nigeria,

From Tunisia, gathered that a Tunisian rapper has been sentenced to jail for insulting the police.

It was revealed by sources that Ala Yaacoubi, known as Weld EI 15, bagged 21 months in prison for singing a song titled “The Police are Dogs.” It was said that the rapper had been sentenced for singing that same song in June, but his sentence was suspended the following month. He continued to sing the song and said police should be slaughtered.

Meanwhile, Yaacoubi’s lawyer Ghazi Mrabet said the case was an attack on freedom of expression.

"I will speak to my clients to challenge this ruling, but jail sentences demonstrate that the relentless campaign against artistic freedom, freedom of expression, continues,” he said.

The 25-year old rapper was sentenced along with another rapper, Klay BBJ.

Although the 25-year-old rapper was not a particularly well-known performer, his case was taken up by human rights activists, bloggers and journalists, who campaigned for him to be released.


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