Rapper El Haked arrested again
|On 29 March 2012, the 24-year-old rapper Mouad Belghouat, known as Lhaqed or El Haked, was arrested again because of one of his songs.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, wrote:
El Haked has been charged with “insulting a public officer in connection with its functions and for a body corporate”. He can get convicted to up to two years inprisonment for this.
El Haked, who is based in Casablanca, was summoned for interrogation on a charge of offending a public authority by the Casablanca Court of First Instance. A complaint was filed by the General Directorate of National Security, and the police accused the rapper for having posted a song on the Internet with photos which are detrimental to the police.
Second time in prison
Now he is in prison again. The judge refused again to set him free until the final judgment. “His conditions of detention are very bad, and he can’t see his family and friends except from time to time,” a friend of El Haked told Freemuse.
The Moroccan medias are not supporting him, and the mobilisation to support him is less than it was the first time he was arrested.
According to his lawyers, El Haked acknowledges having sung the song, but the accompanying video and photo-editing was done by an anonymous person. In the particular song, El Haked accuses police of corruption.
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