The rapper MHD has been released under judicial supervision according to several sources at AFP, but could return to bars.
[Mis à jour le 16 juillet 2020 à 16h22] MHD finds freedom. After a year and a half in prison, MHD has been released under judicial supervision, several sources told AFP on Thursday July 16, 2020. The young rapper was indicted and imprisoned in January 2019 for “intentional homicide” in a brawl deadly in 2018 in Paris. Since then, he has denied any participation in the facts. During the night of July 5 to 6, 2018, a 23-year-old young man, Loïc K., was hit by a car, beaten and stabbed by a gang of ten individuals, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
The scene, filmed by a witness from a window, is said to be a settling of scores between two rival gangs in the capital. MHD, who belongs to the gang of the 19th arrondissement who allegedly attacked the young man, was identified by at least three witnesses, according to the first elements of the investigation revealed by Le Parisien. A dozen individuals would also be indicted. The challenge for the investigating judge in charge of this case is to shed light on the course of this evening.
MHD was therefore released under judicial supervision, as announced by several sources to AFP. A source familiar with the matter has in fact indicated that the artist’s 25-year filing mandate expired on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and his lawyer Maître Elise Arfi confirmed that he had been released in the middle of the day. MHD could however return to detention soon, if the Paris Court of Appeal overturned an order on July 23 not to extend his pre-trial detention.
Since its indictment, MHD continues to contest having participated in the deadly brawl, but the last elements of the file, revealed by Le Parisien, come to undermine its version. In fact, it is more of a beating than a brawl, since Loïc K., the victim, was alone in the streets of the tenth arrondissement of Paris when he met a dozen members of a city from the 19th arrondissement, where MHD comes from, apparently rival to that to which Loïc K. belonged. It is around 2:50 a.m. when the meeting takes place, rue Saint-Maur, and when several individuals from the MHD city gang leave a black Mercedes. It is also on this precise point that the first suspicions arise on the very popular rapper in France, but also abroad. The Parisian claims that the car in question definitely belongs to him. As proof, “travel documents for Guinea as well as an 89-page notebook entitled ‘MHD, history of irregular childhoods'” were found in the passenger compartment, explains the daily, which also provides the circumstances which led to this drama.
And it is not necessary to go very far to find the origin since a few hours earlier, members of the band of the city of Grange-aux-Belles, that of Loïc K., had entered the Binke K home ., one of those in the city of Chaufourniers, that of MHD. Taken to task by his rivals, Binke K. manages to take refuge in the upper floors and to contact his brother … Who is none other than a close friend of the singer under investigation. Loïc K. would therefore have been only the victim of a revenge aimed more at the opposing city as a whole, more than at his own person. So much for the circumstances surrounding this tragic event, to which MHD therefore denies being closely or indirectly linked. His Mercedes, the rapper assumes to be the owner, but he explained to the examining magistrate that he used to leave it at the disposal of the members of his city. Another disturbing element: on the amateur video having immortalized the scene, we can see the outfit of one of the participants in the brawl, who wears a Puma brand set.
Problem, for MHD, this set is not available for sale for ordinary people. Only the “ambassadors” of the German brand, which includes the native of La Roche-sur-Yon, are offered this outfit. This same participant sported a blonde dye at the time of the events, the same as that of MHD. “We are more than twenty in the city to have a blonde dye,” he assured the judge. Regarding the Puma outfit, the rapper still pleads his generosity towards his city neighbors: “I receive several parcels each week and I happen to distribute to people […] I open my chest, either it is me who gives, or people serve themselves directly. “And MHD to summarize his evening, according to his version of the facts:” I was not present at the scene. In the evening, we started to go bowling and then we ended up in the Red City. […] I went home around 2 hours. When I came back down, there was no one left in the neighborhood. “For now, the Parisian still reveals, no” scientific or technical evidence “was found by the investigators, such as, for example, a loan Still presumed innocent, MHD is still imprisoned as part of his pre-trial detention.
According to the information from BFMTV broadcast this Friday, March 27 at midday, the rapper from La Roche-sur-Yon would have tested positive for Covid-19 after being infected in prison. For more than a year, the young 25-year-old artist has been imprisoned at the Health prison in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, as part of his indictment for intentional homicide. It is in this prison that Mohamed Sylla, alias MHD, allegedly contracted the Covid-19. Earlier this month, the rapper was refused placement on an electronic bracelet and therefore ordered to remain in pre-trial detention, a judicial source told AFP.
Contaminations in prisons have been the subject of many debates since the start of the coronavirus health crisis. Thursday March 26, the subject had also been mentioned by Nicole Belloubet, Minister of Justice, on France Inter. She announced that 10 detainees had so far tested positive for Covid-19 and that 450 others, detained in different French prisons, had symptoms. To limit the risks of transmission as much as possible, several measures have been taken: the visiting rooms of the prisons have been closed, the walkways set up in small groups and prisoners with symptoms must be isolated.
MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, was born on September 10, 1994 in La Roche-sur-Yon, in Vendee. In France, he became known in the early 2010s and quickly became one of the faces of Afro trap, a mixture of African music and trap. In 2012, he started a group with friends from his neighborhood in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, before being noticed with a freestyle rap in 2015. His first album, MHD, released in 2016, his career is launched. The disc is a success and is certified double platinum disc. The public and the media are unanimous.
In 2018, MHD released their second album, 19, which is also successful. On YouTube as on streaming platforms, views and listenings are in the hundreds of millions. But his career, which he also wanted to put on hold, ended abruptly at his imprisonment.