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Sultan Idris, comedian and winner of 2014 edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA) has been detained by Tanzanian police for mocking a throwback photo of the country’s President John Magufuli.
AllNews understands that Idris mocked the president’s over-sized suit on social media and the photo has since gone viral.
The comedian’s lawyer, Bennedict Ishabakaki, who spoke to BBC said Idris was detained on Tuesday (May 19) and as at Thursday had still been denied bail.
Ishabakaki said the BBA star was officially questioned on Thursday for allegedly violating the country’s Cybercrimes Act, the lawyer added.
“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 through that video clip.
“But I strongly believe, as a comedian, my client is only doing satire, and satire can be political as well,” Mr Ishabakaki told the
“The contravened section of the law states that 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 distress.”
He risks a three year imprisonment or a fine of 5 million Tanzanian shillings (about $2,200) – or both, if convicted.
This comes barely seven months after he was arrested for ‘swapping seats’ with the President on Twitter during Magufuli’s birthday. Reports say he was later released without charge.
In a Twitter post celebrating the president’s 60th birthday on Tuesday, Idris Sultan shared an edited image of his head on the president’s body and vice versa.
The accompanying message written in Swahili translated to: “We swapped roles for a day so that he could enjoy his birthday in peace.”
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