Big Brother Africa winner Idris Sultan arrested by police

Idris Sultan.

Comedian and former Big Brother Africa (BBA) winner Idris Sultan was on May 19, 2020, arrested and interrogated by police officers.  According to reports, Idris was taken to Oysterbay Police Station in Dar es Salaam for questioning by the cybercrime unit.

Idris is said to have heeded summons to avail himself to law enforcement officers and might be transferred to police headquarters within the capital city.

Run-ins with the law

The 2014 BBA winner has been in police detention several times in the recent past as on October 29, 2019, he was arrested and questioned for over four hours at Central Police Station over an edited image of President John Magufuli.

Idris used photo editing software to swap faces with Magufuli, a move that prompted Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda to instruct him to report to the nearest police station. He was later released on bail.

The edited image that landed Idris in trouble.

In March 2020, Idris was yet again arrested on charges of publishing content online without a license from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

Appearing before the Kisutu Court in Dar es Salaam on March 20, he was charged alongside two others for the offence allegedly committed from March 8, 2016, to March 13, 2020.

He was released on a Sh368,000 bond, with TCRA saying his online TV show Loko Motion, contravened set regulations.

 


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