|After spending more than four months in jail, rapper Mouad El Haked is finally a free man. He received a conditional release until his case is to be continued in the court. The 24-year old rapper is one of the monarchy’s most audacious critics and has gained a lot of popularity among the Moroccan youth.
El Haked has served a four-month sentence and paid a fine of 500 dirhams for assault charges that his lawyers claim to be a ploy to muzzle the popular singer.
Activist Omar Radi told the news agency Reuters that El Haked walked out of prison shouting “Long live the people!” Pictures shows a large crowd gathered for the occasion. His trial has had a lot of followers supporting him, manifesting in the streets of Casablanca and reporting about the trial through blogs and on Facebook.
A prisoner of concience
Many well-known Moroccans have signed a petition demanding the release of the rapper. They point out that the reasons for his arrest seems more likely to be linked to his political activities or to the lyrics of his subversive songs.
People supporting El Haked upon his release from jail
Photos: from El Haked’s support group ‘Liberté pour Mouad L7a9ed’
Mouad El Haked – L7a9ed
Reuters – 12 January 2012:
‘Outspoken Moroccan rapper freed’
El Haked support campaign – continually updated: