Malaysian rapper held over music video said to insult Islam

August 22, 2016 13:43


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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian authorities remanded a rapper in custody for four days on Monday over a music video he produced that allegedly insulted Islam.

Wee Meng Chee, who goes by the stage name Namewee, is facing a police investigation over the alleged use of footage said to depict a mosque in the state of Penang and of the words "Allah" and "Mecca" in the video.

The 33-year-old is being investigated for "injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class", a police chief in Penang, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, told reporters after the court granted the remand order.

The offense carries a penalty of up to two years in jail, a fine, or both.

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