(photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
Frontman Zeid Hamdan of the Lebanese band Zeid and the Wings and defunct Soapkills was arrested Wednesday on charges that he defamed the Lebanese president in the song "General Suleiman."
The arrest came after Interior Minister Marwan Charbel saw a video for the song, which was made in 2010, and claimed it was offensive to the country's president, Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported.
The song, originally written in 2008 after Michel Suleiman was elected
to his current term, requests the president to clamp down on the
country's violent factions and quell corruption, but also contains the
closing line "General Suleiman / Go home." In the video, Hamdan sings
the controversial line swatting at the camera.
Reggae star Ziggy Marley rejects calls to boycott Israel Amal Murkis: A voice of inspiration
The frontman announced the arrest on his Facebook page
, telling fans he
was being prosecuting for defamation and urging them to "mobilize."
Hamdan's lawyer said in a statement that the musician could end up in
jail for two years if convicted of libel, adding that the arrest
"reveals the level of contempt of the general authorities for personal
freedom," The Daily Star