Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def performs on Day 2 of the Osheaga Music and Art Festival on August 1, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
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January 20, 2016 11:08 AM EST

Rapper Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, will go to court over immigration charges in South Africa after attempting to leave the country last week with a “world passport.”

South African officials, who reportedly do not recognize this kind of travel document, arrested Bey on Thursday as he attempted to fly to Ethiopia, Reuters reports. On Wednesday, they announced he’d been charged with “using a false identity, using an unrecognized travel document and helping his family stay in the country illegally,” the Associated Press reports.

Bey’s family members, who have overstayed their visa, have been ordered to leave South Africa by Jan. 29.

Bey is scheduled to appear in court March 8.


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