A Tunisian court has charged British DJ Dax J with “public indecency and offending public morality” after he played a track that samples the Muslim call to prayer.
Dax J issued an apology following the incident, but had already fled the country before the court case. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted, reports BBC.
Footage of the incident taken at the El Guitone nightclub in Nabeul surfaced online last weekend following Dax J’s set on the Friday (March 31). The video showed attendees dancing to music that included a remix of the call to prayer, a sacred act performed five times a day by followers of the Muslim faith. The footage drew the attention of the authorities in the Muslim-majority country and the governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, decided that the club would “remain closed” until further notice.
At the time, Ouertani also said that the manager of El Guitone had been arrested for “violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty,” adding that “the government will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.”
However, according to a court spokesperson, the court have dismissed charges against the nightclub owner and an event organiser. The prosecution has appealed, claiming it is their responsibility to check ahead what the DJ would be playing.
Dax J was performing at the event as part of Orbit Festival. The festival later apologized in a Facebook post but did not take responsibility for the offensive music.