BBA Africa Winner Idris Sultan has been arrested by the Tanzanian government for laughing at the throwback photo of the president 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 of Tanzania says 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 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 “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.”
The arrest of the comedian has caused a lot of uproar on social media with fans requesting for his release and calling out the government for their actions.
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