Before the verdict was announced, the rapper once again proclaimed his innocence. He has 10 days to appeal.
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From rising “Afro-trap” star to prison. Rapper MHD was sentenced, Saturday, September 23, to 12 years in prison at the Paris Assizes, where he appeared with eight co-defendants for the murder of a young man in 2018, as part of a settling of scores between rival gangs .
Five of his co-defendants were also sentenced to sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years in prison. Three other men were acquitted. The prosecution had requested 18 years of criminal imprisonment against the artist, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, 13 to 20 years in prison against six other defendants, and two acquittals.
When the verdict was announced, several women in the audience, relatives of the accused, burst into tears. MHD, for his part, remained stoic, before hugging a crying woman. He was then taken directly to the depot. His lawyers declined to make a statement after the verdict. Those convicted have 10 days to appeal, while the rapper maintains his innocence.