CASABLANCA, Morocco, (AP) – A Moroccan court has denied bail to a rapper charged with attacking the image of the security services in a song about police corruption.
Mouad Belghouat was arrested March 29 after Morocco’s National Security agency filed a suit against him for attacking its image in a song accompanied by an online video.
The rapper, also known as El-Haqed, or the enraged, writes songs attacking corruption and social injustice and is involved in the pro-democracy February 20 movement.
The police accused Belghouat of posting a song on the Internet accompanied by photos insulting to police, including one showing an officer with the head of a donkey.
Belghouat’s lawyer said Wednesday the case is political and the montage accompanying the song was posted by someone else.