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21 months prison for 2 Tunisian rappers

September 02. 2013 12:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) The defense lawyer for two Tunisian rappers says his clients were convicted in absentia and sentenced to 21 months in prison for a song criticizing police at a concert.

Ghazi Mrabet said the musicians sang an excerpt of the song "Police are dogs" in response to audience requests on Aug. 21 and were detained and allegedly roughed up by police afterward.

Alaa Yacoub, known as Weld 15, and Ahmed Ben Ahmed, known as Klay BBJ, were then released only to be convicted Aug. 29 of insulting the police, slander and offending public morals.

Mrabet said they had not been told about the trial and were now seeking a retrial while in hiding.

In June, Yacoub was given two years in prison for his anti-police song. The sentence was later suspended.

Associated Press

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