Tunis, Tunisia – Two Tunisian rappers have been held in custody for 'using threatening and insulting speech' against the Tunisian police and judges in a Youtube video, according to a communiqué released by the Home Affairs ministry.
The two musicians, Mohamed Belgayed and Sabrine Klibi, appeared in court Tuesday after they were identified by a police investigation team.
The communiqué said the video, entitled 'policemen are dogs' revealed “immoral” gestures and words as well as threats targeting security agents and judges.
The ministry said the duo will be prosecuted under articles 121, 122 and 128 of the Criminal Code. They face jail terms of up to three years each if found guilty.
Meanwhile, many Tunisian artists have condemned the detention of the rappers, saying the police action was a breach of the freedom of expression.