A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to one year in jail for remixing the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub.
The London-born disc jockey which goes by the name Dax J was charged with public indecency and offending public morality.
He, however, had already fled the country before the court case but issued an apology for his actions.
The event he performed at was part of the Orbit Festival in Nabeul, north-east of Tunisia. He allegedly received death threats promoting him to delete his Facebook page after his apology.
Dax J sent his “sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday. It was never my intention to upset or cause offense to anybody,” he said.
The nightclub in which Dax J played the Muslim call to prayer remix was shut down after footage of the event was shared on social media, sparking outrage. The footage showed party-goers dancing and drinking to the call which is usually recited by a muezzin.
The governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said: “We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred”.
According to a court spokesperson who spoke to AFP news agency, prosecutors also filed charges against the nightclub owner and organizers. The prosecutors argued in an appeal after the court dismissed the charges that both parties should have checked the DJ’s playlist.
The organizers in a post on the event’s Facebook page earlier this week apologized but refused responsibility for the playing of any offensive music.
According to Dax J’s management company, he runs a studio in Berlin, where he also works as a sound and mastering engineer.
He has performed at festivals and nightclubs all around the world including techno festival Awakenings in Holland and Glastonbury.