Friday, May 22, 2020

Big Brother Africa winner arrested for laughing at an old photo of Tanzanian President

Big Brother Africa winner, Idris Sultan is facing cyberbullying charges for laughing at an old picture of President John Magufuli.

His lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki told BBC that the 2014 Big Brother Africa winner is accused of contravening the Cybercrimes Act 2015 against cyberbullying.

The law states: “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.”

If convicted of the charges levelled against him, Idris faces paying a fine of not less than Tsh5 million or imprisonment for a term of not less than three years or both.


According to Ishabaki, the charges facing Idris stem from a video he recently shared laughing at an old photo of Magufuli.

“In short, the police claim Idris used the internet to harass the president,” he said.

Idris who also doubles as a comedian was arrested on May 19 after heeding summons from the police but is yet to be arraigned in court.

According to Idris’ lawyer, their request for bail was denied as police said they needed him in custody while they follow up on leads.

3 comments:

  1. I have heard good things of Tanzanian president. I don't think he can take this thing seriously. I'm sure that boy will be given just a warning. Its the people who are surrounding him who might want to make a mountain out of an anthill

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