Mos Def Rapper arrested for using 'world passport', ban from SA for 5 years

The rapper and actor, now known as Yasiin Bey, was according to reports, arrested at Cape Town International Airport over violation of immigration laws.

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Hip hop star, Mos Def, has reportedly been arrested following the use of an unrecognized 'world passport', in South Africa.

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Known as one of the hottest lyricist in the US rap game, he was was recently challenged by Mos Def to a rap battle. play

Known as one of the hottest lyricist in the US rap game, he was was recently challenged by Mos Def to a rap battle.

 

The rapper and actor, now known as Yasiin Bey, was according to reports, arrested at Cape Town International Airport over violation of immigration laws.

News reports reveal that when Def had been asked to for his travel documents while he had been trying to leave South Africa, he had handed over a world passport instead of the original one.

Cape Town City Press reveals that the star has 14 days to evacuate the city.

Mayihlome Tshwete, South African Department of Home Affairs spokesman revealed that Mos Def, 42, had entered the country in 2013 via an American visa, but had overstayed his visitors' permit, which expired since 2014.

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Mos Def

 

He had then tried to leave the country with the world passport, a document not recognised in most countries but whose owners claims to allow them enter or leave any country as stipulated by the United Nations.

A court gave the order for Mos Def to leave South Africa, going on to ban him from the country for the next five years, although he would be able to appeal court ruling.

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Def's wife, and mother-of-4 has also been ordered to leave the country with their children within the next weeks, since their own visa's had also expired.

Def is currently in police custody and is yet to apply for bail as of this afternoon.

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