A British DJ has been sentenced in absentia to a year in prison in Tunisia for playing a remix in a nightclub that included the sound of a Muslim call to prayer.
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DJ Dax J, who lives in Berlin, was accused of insulting public sensitivities and lack of modesty. According to the court spokesman, the court acquitted the club’s owners and the organizers of the March 31 event where Dax J had appeared. However, the prosecution appealed the acquittal, claiming that they were responsible for what Dax J chose to play.
The event was part of the Orbit music festival in the city of Nabeul in east Tunisia. Dax J left the country the next day, but the club owner was arrested. The organizers of the festival apologized on their Facebook page last week, but said that they were not responsible for what they called the insulting music and that they were sure that Dax J did not mean to offend the clubbers.
The DJ addressed the incident last Friday on his Facebook page, which had gone back on line after it was shut following threats to his life. He apologized to anyone who was insulted by the music he had played, and that he had only played the remix because of its vocal beauty.