Big Brother Africa Winner, Idris Sultan Arrested For Laughing At Throwback Photo Of Tanzanian President, Magufuli

Tanzanian comedian and winner of 2014 Big Brother Africa, Idris Sultan has been arrested for reportedly laughing at a throwback photo of President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli in a short video he shared online.

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His lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki told BBC on Thursday May 21, that he was accused of contravening the Cybercrimes Act 2015 against cyberbullying.

The law states:

A person shall not initiate or send any electronic communication using a computer system to another person with intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or cause emotional damage.”

Idris Sultan Arrested
The Throwback Picture

His lawyer said they are now awaiting the comedian’s arraignment as he has been in police custody for two days on the grounds of using the internet to harass the President

His lawyer, Ishabakaki said;

They have not told him till now if he has broken any clause … but their questioning behavior is related to the video. We hope he can be released on bail today. In short, the police claim Idris used the internet to harass the president.”

If convicted of the charges levelled against him, Idris faces paying a fine of not less than Tsh5 million or imprisonment for a term of not less than three years or both.

In October 2019, he was also arrested for photo-shopping President John Pombe Magufuli.

Meanwhile, many Twitter users demand for his release as they trend the hashtag #FreeIdrisSultan.

Idris Sultan Arrested

Idris Sultan Arrested

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