A Moroccan Court of First Instance in Casablanca on Wednesday sentenced fashionable rapper Taha Fahssi, identified by his stage identify ElGrande Toto, to an eight-month suspended jail term for threatening a Belgium-based journalist.
Aside from the jail sentence, he was additionally ordered to pay 50,000 dirhams ($4,900) in damages.
The 26-year-old singer was accused of threats, insults and defamation in opposition to the journalist in an on-line row after he made controversial feedback about hashish.
ElGrande Toto had in a remark on Instagram stated, “We’ll meet in Belgium, and you won’t know what happened to you.”
Recall that the rapper sparked controversy in September 2022 by telling reporters after a live performance that “I smoke hash. so what?, It doesn’t mean I set a bad example.”
His remarks triggered anger in conservative Morocco, which bans the leisure use of the drug regardless of being its largest producer, in accordance to the United Nations. And he was accused of ‘inciting drug use’ and defamation and publicly apologised to folks “offended”, AFP reported.
Reacting to the judgement, Toto’s lawyer Abdelfattah Zahrach stated he was “partly satisfied” by the ruling but objected to the requirement to pay compensation.
Zahrach stated, ”The rapper has not dedicated any prison act in opposition to the plaintiff”, including that they would focus on whether or not to enchantment.
ElGrande Toto, who has big followers in the Arab world, is the area’s second-most streamed artist on Spotify, after Egyptian rapper Wegz.