French rapper convicted over murder, gets 12 years

French rapper MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2018 murder of a young man in Paris.

A Paris court found the 29-year-old guilty of involvement in the gang-related killing of 23-year-old Loic K.

The victim was hit by MHD’s Mercedes, then brutally assaulted and stabbed to death by a group of approximately 12 individuals.

MHD, known for his fusion of trap and West African music called “Afro trap,” had pleaded not guilty to the charges, maintaining his innocence throughout the trial.

However, evidence, including video footage and witness testimonies, linked him to the crime scene.

Five of MHD’s co-defendants received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years, while three were acquitted. It is unclear whether those sentenced plan to appeal.

Before his music career, MHD worked as a pizza delivery boy in Paris and gained a significant social media following.

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