Tanzanian comedian and 2014 Big Brother Africa winner, Idris Sultan, has been arrested for allegedly laughing at a throwback photo of the President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli.
In a short video he shared online, he was laughing at the president’s throwback picture where he was putting on an apparently, oversized coat.
His lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki told BBC on Thursday, May 21 that he was arrested for violating the Cybercrimes Act 2015 against cyberbullying.
The law states that “A person shall not initiate or send any electronic communication using a computer system to another person with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or cause emotional damage.”
He said, “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.”