Rapper Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, was arrested in South Africa at the Cape Town International Airport on Thursday for traveling with a fake passport.
Bey has been living in South Africa since 2013 and entered with a valid U.S. passport, but he “overstayed” his visitor’s permit and tried to leave with what he called a “world passport,” which is not recognized by South Africa, according to tweets posted by Department of Home Affairs Spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete on Friday.
“Mr Smith has been living in SA with his family without the necessary permits, he was detained upon departure for using illegal travel docs,” Tshwete wrote. “SAPS (South African Police Service) has charged him with usage of fraudulent travel documents.”
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