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.
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.”
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.
The famous Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan (@IdrisSultan) is jailed after posting a video in which he was laughing at a picture of the President of Tanzania.
See the video:
— Comrade Désiré (@ncambirwa) May 19, 2020
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.
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