Tunisia: Rapper Weld El 15 appeal hearing

Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 will spend the next four months in prison, unless he wins the appeal filed by his attorney on 9 December 2013. On 5 December, the 25-year-old artist was sentenced for performing songs deemed insulting to police. The Hammamet court ordered him taken straight to his cell.

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According to Tunisia rap union chief Wajdi Bouzaidi, the rap union and Tunisia’s internal security forces union on 22 November 2013 agreed to establish a permanent partnership. The accord will be capped by a rap concert sponsored by the internal security forces union.

Bouzaidi said he hoped the agreement with the internal security forces union would resonate with the court when it reopened Weld El 15’s case.

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