Tanzanian comedian and 2014 Big Brother Africa winner, 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.
Sultan shared a video showing a throwback photo of the president alongside himself and he was seen laughing helplessly.
His lawyer, Benedict Ishabakaki, on Thursday, May 21, revealed 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 the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or cause emotional damage.”
Ishabakaki said they are now awaiting the arraignment of Idris who has been in police custody for two days and accused of using the internet to harass the President.
Ishabakaki added, “They have not told him till now if he has broken any clause … but their questioning behaviour 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.”
This is however not the first time he has been arrested. In October 2019, he was arrested for photo-shopping President John Pombe Magufuli. While summoning Idris, Dar es Salaam Regional Commander Paul Makonda claimed the comedian didn’t know the boundaries of his work.
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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.
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