Rapper Mister You was going to Tangier, Morocco, for a family vacation. But it is ultimately in the VIP area of the prison of Health, in Paris, that the artist will stay for the next two months. Younes Latifi, whose real name was arrested on Wednesday July 20, at Orly, as he was about to board, learns 20 minutes from concordant sources, confirming information from the Parisian. At the airport, the border police officers who checked his identity indeed realized that the singer was the subject of a search card after a two-year prison sentence.
On March 9, 2021, the 38-year-old rapper was sentenced on appeal in Paris to 24 months in prison for having promoted in 2019 on Snapchat an important deal point in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne), the Caliweed network. However, according to the rapper’s lawyer, the latter did not receive a letter concerning the adjustment of his sentence, which was therefore executed. “Presumably there was a failure, because the prosecution believes that it summoned him to execute him, but my client did not receive anything”, affirms to 20 minutes Me Robin Binsard.
“The prosecution has been zealous”
His client, he continues, is “very saddened but remains combative. He feels a deep injustice because everyone in this file had said that the sentence would be adjusted. Even in its reasons, the court says that the sentence must be adjusted. But the prosecution was zealous and carried out a sentence that should not have been”. “My client’s situation fully justifies it,” he insists, the artist from Belleville having been the father of twins for three weeks.
This is not the first time that the rap star, whose clips are a hit on YouTube, has had to deal with the law. He notably made himself known to the general public in the late 2000s by publishing music while he was on the run in a drug trafficking case. Mister You took the opportunity to taunt the police on the Internet, claiming that she would “never find” him before releasing, in February 2009, an album entitled “Arrete You if you can”.
The police officers of the National Fugitive Search Brigade had finally arrested the rapper three days later in Paris. He was then sentenced in March 2010 by the criminal court to three years in prison, including one year suspended and a fine of 5,000 euros.