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Tanzanian comedian arrested for making fun of Magufuli

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Earlier this week Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan was arrested by Tanzanian authorities.

According to reports, the 2014 Big Brother Africa winner was taken to Oysterbay Police Station in Dar es Salaam for questioning by the cybercrime unit

There has been a lot of speculation on what led to the comics arrest and many of his fans took to social media to call for his release.

Idris’ Lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki has now disclosed that his client was arrested for laughing at a TBT photo of President John Pombe Magufuli in a short video he shared online.

According to Ishabaki, detectives have been questioning the star for the past two days, as they await to arraign him in court over the same.

“Hawajamwambia mpaka sasa kama amevunja kifungu chochote cha sheria…lakini mwenendo wao wa maswali ni kuhusiana na ile video.Tunataraji anaweza kuachiwa kwa dhamana hii leo…masharti tuliyopewa ni awe na wadhamini wawili wanaotambuliwa na serikali ya mtaa,” he said

The lawyer also revealed that detectives raided Idris’ house in search of more evidence before they prosecute him.

A number of celebrities and politicians have been calling for the release of the comic under the hashtag #FreeIdrisSultan.

This is not the first time Sultan has had a run in with the law over matters President Magufuli.  On October 29, 2019, he was arrested and questioned for over four hours at Central Police Station over an edited image of President John Magufuli.

Idris used photo editing software to swap faces with Magufuli, a move that prompted Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda to instruct him to report to the nearest police station. He was later released on bail.


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