Mos Def passport case postponed

2016-05-12 17:36
Musician Mos Def performs during a party for Google's new music search in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles, AP)

Musician Mos Def performs during a party for Google's new music search in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles, AP)

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Cape Town - American hip hop artist Yasiin Bey, popularly known as Mos Def, will have to return to the Bellville Magistrate's Court next week to find out if he will go on trial for allegedly contravening South Africa’s immigration laws.

Bey, born Dante Terrell Smith and now legally known as Yasiin Bey, was arrested in February after he attempted to leave Cape Town with an unrecognised 'world passport'.

Immigration officials at Cape Town International Airport declined to accept the document.

The State indicated at his appearance on Thursday that it was ready for trial, National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

He said the case was postponed to next Thursday for counsel to arrange a trial date.

The defence was accused of stalling.

But the celebrity's lawyer, Shahied Schreuder, told News24 this was not a delaying tactic as the time was needed to arrange trial dates with their advocate.

"The postponement to today was to see if there was any possible negotiated settlement. They have avoided us," he said.

Bey is also known for his roles in popular films such as 2001's Showtime alongside Robert de Niro and Eddie Murphy, 2003's Italian Job with Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg as well as 2006's 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis.

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