Tunisia: Rapper Weld El 15 has been freed

On 19 December 2013, the Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 was acquitted on appeal of singing songs insulting to the police and has been freed, according to his lawyer and his mother.

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The case against Weld El 15 (real name: Ala Yaacoubi) goes back to August 2013, when Weld El 15 and fellow rapper Klay BBJ were briefly detained after a concert they performed in Hammamet, south of Tunis.

A few days later they were sentenced to 21 months in jail without even being notified of a trial.

Klay BBJ turned himself in a few weeks later and was retried and sentenced to six months in jail, but then acquitted in mid-October and freed.

Weld El 15 remained on the run until 5 December 2013 when he turned himself in. In a retrial the same day, he was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

Since then, he had been held in La Mornaguia prison in a Tunis suburb until we was freed on 19 December 2013.

Freemuse has campaigned for his release.


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