Sunday, October 1

Arrested for threatening to behead a Muslim rapper who defended the LGTBI community

The National Police arrested a man on August 4 at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, at the request of the Mossos d’Esquadra, for having threatened to kill Miss Raisa, a Muslim rapper living in Catalonia, as a result of her defense of the LGTBI community on TikTok.

As reported by the Mossos, the man, a resident of the English city of Birmingham, was arrested after arriving on a flight to the Madrid airport, for his alleged participation in a crime of serious threats and another of incitement to hatred.

After going to court before the Madrid guard court, the detainee was released with the prohibition to approach the victim within 1,000 meters and to communicate with her by any means. The judge also withdrew his passport and prohibited him both from leaving Spain and from using the internet until there is a final judgment.

The investigation began last June, when the Central Unit for Hate Crimes and Discrimination (UCDOD) of the Mossos became aware of serious threats to Mirss Raisa, stage name of Imane Raissali, who had posted a video on TikTok in which she explained her inclusive vision as a Muslim of homosexuality and the LGTBI collective.

The combination of intolerance and anonymity provided by the Internet caused the singer’s publication to receive racist insults and harassment. Several of the insults and degrading threats that harmed her dignity as a Muslim woman were made by the man through social networks.

According to the artist herself, after the video she received death threats from radical Islamists saying they were going to behead her and she suffered harassment and death threats. “The only thing I have gained has been a massive and destructive persecution,” he lamented.

In his speech on social media, the man made death threats against the victim and urged and justified his murder and beheading, based on religious arguments.

The person under investigation is a young man with several profiles on social networks in which he presented himself as a consultant and preacher of religious affairs, and who currently resides in the English city of Birmingham. He had a record for a hate crime towards the LGTBI collective and for anti-Semitism, for which he was already arrested in 2021.