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Mos Def Can Finally Leave South Africa

His year-long legal troubles have come to a conclusion.

By Hayden Wright

Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) has spent most of 2016 in legal limbo after facing charges in South Africa for falsifying travel documents.

Related: Mos Def Arrested at South African Airport

The rapper and actor used a “World Passport” issued by the World Service Authority, a pro-freedom movement that few nations recognize as a passport grantor. Bey can now leave South Africa following the end of an investigation. He has been free on bail since January.

“[Bey] has unreservedly apologized to the government of South Africa. The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him,” the country’s home affairs department said in a statement.

However, the rapper will join a list of “undesirable people,” which effectively bars him from re-entry into South Africa. According to The Guardian, Bey has lived there since 2013, posing a tricky financial and logistical situation for him to navigate. Around the time of his arrest, Mos Def announced on Kanye West’s website that he was being forced to leave South Africa and would retire from music and acting. In his year on bail, Bey has released some new music and it’s not clear what the future holds.



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