Teen Moroccan rapper charged over videos

2014-10-11 20:51

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rabat - A teenaged Moroccan rapper is in juvenile detention on a variety of charges that include distorting the words of the national anthem, immorality and encouraging drug use, colleagues say.

Othman A, known as Mr Crazy, was arrested on 9 August and is being held in a juvenile facility in Casablanca, a city of five million people from whose poor neighbourhoods he draws his inspiration.

Less than a month ago, rapper Mouad Belghawat, a voice of Morocco's 20 February protest movement, was released from jail after serving a four-month sentence for assaulting the police.

The authorities have acted in response to the distribution of three videos in which the 16-year-old singer acts out scenes of violence and raps about daily life in Casablanca.

One of the clips has had nearly 950 000 hits.

Othman A appeared before a juvenile judge on Friday, and a new hearing in his case was scheduled for 18 October, a friend said.

Read more on:    morocco  |  north africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.