“The French rapper known as MHD has received a 12-year prison sentence following his conviction for the murder of a young man. Here’s everything we know:
MHD Murder Trial: The Details
The BBC reports the latest on MHD’s murder trial, where the 29-year-old rapper, real name Mohamed Sylla, was convicted of participation in the fatal attack of a 23-year-old man named Loic K in 2018. The French court heard that the victim was struck by MHD’s car, a Mercedes, and beaten and stabbed by a group of up to 12 people. Sylla denied the charges. Five co-defendants were convicted, while three were acquitted.
A news agency called AFP has reported that the rapper said to the court, “From the beginning, I have maintained my innocence in this case and I will continue to maintain my innocence.” He claimed he was not present at the crime site and that the evidence against him was based on rumors. A nearby resident’s footage recorded from the window of his home was used against him, and the fact that MHD was recognized by other witnesses was also taken into account.
Who is the rapper MHD?
Mohamed Sylla, best known by his stage name MHD, is a French rapper from Paris who is recognized for fusing trap music with West African music, a genre he defined as “Afro Trap.” He was once a member of the rap group 1.9 Réseaux. Over the previous decade, he has achieved popularity through social media content and YouTube videos. In 2016, he launched his debut album, MHD, which sold 200,000 copies in six months. Since his arrest in 2019, he has been held on remand and has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison.