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Yasiin Bey Gets Arrested and Banned in South Africa for Using Fake Passport

Ben A. Pruchnie, Getty Images
Ben A. Pruchnie, Getty Images

Yasiin Bey, commonly known as Mos Def, was arrested in Cape Town International Airport for failing to present an authorized passport.

The “Mathematics” rapper, who instead tried to use a non-existent “world passport,” was arrested for “violating local immigration laws while trying to leave the country,” said Mayihlome Tshwete, a rep for the Department of Home Affairs, on Friday (Jan. 15).

As a result the Brooklyn native has 14 days to leave South Africa and will subsequently be banned from the country for five years. The 42-year-old rhymer, who’s known for his political stunts, has been living in Cape Town for nearly three years since he arrived in May 2013. He entered South Africa with an American passport with a visitor’s permit that expired by 2014, According to the Associated Press.

The Black on Both Sides creator still has the option to file an appeal to get a more lenient sentence as well. He can also apply for permanent residency in the country if his wishes to do so.

Back in July 2013, Bey demonstrated how Guantanamo Bay detainees are force fed while on hunger strike in a harrowing video. He also spoke out on the recent Paris attacks and police brutality on the song “No Colonial Fiction” released last November. Bey was last seen in Kanye West and Travi$ Scott’s video for “Piss on Your Grave.”

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