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Tunisian rapper previously sentenced to jail walks free

Weld el 15 was sentenced in March after his song “Boulicia Kleb” (The Police Are Dogs) was posted on YouTube.
Weld el 15 was sentenced in March after his song “Boulicia Kleb” (The Police Are Dogs) was posted on YouTube.

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According to AFP, the rapper's lawyer Ghazi Mrabet hailed the court decision as “a victory for liberty, for democracy, and for Weld el 15, who did nothing but create a work of art.”

Weld el 15 was sentenced in March after his song “Boulicia Kleb” (The Police Are Dogs) was posted on YouTube. In the song, the rapper says he dreams that “he would like to slaughter a police officer instead of sheep at Eid al-Adha”.

Tunisian rappers, friends of
Tunisian rappers, friends of "Weld El 15" seen raising victory signs, are very happy after the announcement of the reduction of the judgement of " Weld El 15 " from two years in prison to six months suspended sentence

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A social media campaign using the hashtag #sayeb15 rallied support for the rapper. In June, a group of Francophone hip hop artists signed an article in French newspaper Libération calling for his release.

Index on Censorship also joined in sending messages of support to Weld el 15.

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