Mos Def Appears In Court Over Fake Passport Charges (DETAILS)
This past Tuesday, Mos Def (now going by Yasiin Bey) appeared in a South African court to answer for charges of trying to leave the country with his “world passport” — an unauthorised document in most, if not all, places in 2016. For whatever reason, he was initially turned away for wearing a scarf as a turban; he later returned with what looked like the same scarf loosely wrapped around his head.
As far as said charges, they’re specifically broken down as using a false identity and “aiding and abetting his family to stay illegally in South Africa” (his family’s visas ended back in April of 2014; they have yet to go through their own court proceedings). Court prosecutors recommended that Mos (who reportedly stayed silent during the entire proceeding, and refused to speak to the media) remain free on bail of 5,000 rand (roughly £230) until his next court date on 24th March.