Tanzanian actor and comedian, Idris Sultan who received the Huge Brother Africa show in 2014, has been arrested for allegedly bullying the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli.
A new video clip confirmed him laughing at an outdated photograph of President Magufuli, donning an more than-sized match. The photo has been making the rounds on Tanzania’s social media place in the previous weeks.
The well known Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan (@IdrisSultan) is jailed after submitting a video clip in which he was laughing at a picture of the President of Tanzania.
See the video clip:
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Sultan’s attorney Bennedict Ishabakaki confirmed to the BBC that the comedian was detained on Tuesday and has been denied bail. The police officially questioned the comedian and actuality Television set star on Thursday for allegedly violating the country’s controversial Cybercrimes Act, Ishabakaki claimed.
“They are questioning him for allegedly contravening section 23 of the act. In a nutshell, they [the police] are accusing him of bullying the president by that movie clip,” Ishabakaki instructed the BBC.
“But I strongly believe, as a comic, my consumer is only accomplishing satire, and satire can be political as well.”
The legislation states that a person need to not “initiate or deliver any digital conversation making use of a computer system program to one more human being with intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or lead to psychological distress”.
If convicted, the comedian could confront imprisonment for at the very least a few several years or a wonderful of 5m Tanzanian shillings (₦837,790) or both equally.
This is not the to start with time Sultan is functioning afoul of the Cybercrime law. In Oct 2019, Idris Sultan was arrested beneath the similar regulation for sharing an edited picture of his head on the president’s system and vice versa on Twitter throughout Magufuli’s birthday. He was afterwards freed without having charge.
The caption was in Swahili, and go through: “We swapped roles for a day so that he could take pleasure in his birthday in peace.”
Kwa siku moja tukabadilishana kazi ili a-love birthday yake kwa amani 😂🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ch10m4GW7i
— Idris Sultan (@IdrisSultan) October 30, 2019