In the defendants' box, sports jacket on his back and black braids reaching the shoulders, Maka is stunned.
The criminal court of Meaux sentenced him this Thursday evening to fifteen months in prison, to which are added six months of a suspended suspension of a previous case, with a committal warrant and immediate imprisonment.
An hour earlier, he was still listening to his song, played in the courtroom.
The president had indeed wished to show the controversial clip to his two assessors during the trial of the young rapper from Lagny-sur-Marne, this Thursday.
"A logic of confrontation with the State"
“These are extremely serious facts, with a clip that can spark vocations.
You are under judicial control, on probation, with a clip shot on the evening of October 30, in a period of curfew, ie a logic of confrontation with the State ”, asserts the president to the statement of the judgment.
In the video posted in mid-November on YouTube, this inhabitant of the Orly-Parc district, in Lagny-sur-Marne, referred in song to the assassination of Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography beheaded on October 16 in leaving his college Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines).
In front of a burning car or, depending on the scene, in the middle of several other young armed men, he sang in particular: “We cut like Samuel Paty, without empathy”.
"I want to be an artist, I needed a little boost"
For this, Maka, 18 years old and who has already served prison recently in another case of violence, was prosecuted for public apology of an act of terrorism, carrying without legitimate reason of a knife - a cut-cut which he says fictitious - and concealment of property resulting from an offense, that is to say the use for his clip of a stolen car being burned.
In front of his judges, the rapper explained his text.
“I wrote my song in one evening.
In my clips, I always take a role.
The clip is violent, it's true.
I had not paid attention to all the consequences, ”he says.
But he then says that he sings that he "b *** la France" because he knew "that by saying this sentence", he was going to "attract people, create a buzz".
we cut like Samuel Paty
, that meant we cut the music (sic).
When my clip came out I saw the reviews and deleted it.
I want to apologize, I made some very shocking comments.
I want to be an artist, I needed a little boost.
His lawyer had pleaded for acquittal
"In the box, we have a man who does not really understand what is happening today, who is not Jean d'Ormesson, pleads Me Marie Violleau, his lawyer.
Samuel Paty can be seen as a kind of symbol.
Maka abused the image and the symbol but we cannot blame him for praising the terrorists.
Today, we need serenity and we must avoid making amalgamations.
One can be subversive, indelicate, in an artistic exercise.
We can disagree, rebel, say it's bad, serious, but we can't say it's illegal.
She had pleaded total release for her client.
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For her part, the representative of the public prosecutor had denounced an act "extremely chosen and considered".
means without mercy for Mr. Samuel Paty.
B *** France
, it is not trivial either.
We must draw a parallel here with the videos published before the assassination of Samuel Paty.
You never know to whom the words can reach.
The viral appearance at the time can and is already happening again.
Maka knows the impact it can have on youth.
Do not come and try to talk here about freedom of expression or artistic expression.
We are far beyond that.
She had required sixteen months' imprisonment, with a warrant of committal.