We’ve reported previously on the Belgian court case against the youths who composed a rap “song” that threatened Vlaams Belang leader Filip Dewinter with death. The second of the two youths has now been sentenced, and it seems he will actually do some time in the slammer for his Terpsichorean efforts.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated the latest news from De Standaard:
Rapper risks one year in prison for threatening Dewinter
The Public Prosecutor [Openbaar Ministerie] has demanded one year of imprisonment plus a fine of €550 [US $745] fine for Samir Belasri (23) of Wielsbeke, because he wrote a rap song in which he threatened Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang with death. He also uploaded the video onto YouTube. This was decided last Friday in the criminal court in Antwerp, from which the accused had chosen to remain absent.
The text of the “rap” was quite explicit: “*** racist with a big mouth, you will die by a fatal gunshot wound […] The decisions you make will be paid for with your life, on one day or night they will decline you / Becoming well-known will certainly occur / […] It’s time for riots, time for revolution, death to Filip Dewinter are the words of Cicatris”, and “Shots in the dark, a knife in your back […] Didn’t you learn nothing from Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn? […] This is Cicatris and we do not see this as a joke.” Dewinter discovered the video and subsequently filed a complaint late 2008: “This rap song is a blatant call for murder. These diabolical lyrics can incite an idiot to act on their words.”
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Research showed that Samir Belasri was “Cicatris” and Kevin Vanbrabant (27) from the city of Peer “Cyko”. They had composed the song two years earlier in response to the anti-mosque song [the carnival song: “Oh no, not again another mosque”] of Vlaams Belang.
Kevin VanBrabant had already been sentenced in December: “the singer and co-author of the rap song, Kevin VanBrabant, was sentenced to 80 hours of autonomous community service, and must pay compensation of €800. If the community service is not completed, this will be converted into a prison term of 8 months.”
Dewinter, who was present in the courtroom, demanded a moral compensation of €800 [US $1084].