Dax J issues apology after being sentenced to one year in jail
"I hold the utmost respect for all religions"...
Dax J has issued a statement after a Tunisian court sentenced the British-born, Berlin-based DJ to one year in jail for playing a techno remix of the Muslim call to prayer.
Footage of the Dax J playing a techno version of the Muslim call to prayer went viral on social media and saw the Berlin-based DJ recieve multiple death threats.
The sentence was handed down to the DJ in his absence because he left the country right after his appearance at Orbit festival in Tunisia.
"I wish to express my deepest apologies to anyone who has been offended by the music that I played at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia last Friday," reads the statement posted to the DJ's Facebook page.
"I am incredibly saddened that anyone would believe that I played a track, featuring a 20 second vocal of the “Call To Prayer / Adhan”, for any reason other than its musicality and the beauty of the vocal.
"As a result of this unfortunate and unintentional incident, yesterday in my absence and without notice, I was convicted in the Tunisian courts and sentenced to 1 year in prison. I am currently back in Europe and this conviction in place will expire in 5 years.
"I hold the utmost respect for all religions across the globe and I can now understand how my recent actions could have been perceived in the wrong way. We must all take time to truly respect and appreciate everybody’s beliefs in this world to move forward as a global society.
"Through this experience, I have gained a greater and deeper insight into the world that we live in. I will continue to create art through music, and I look forward to sharing this with you."
The club's owners and promoters were also charged with "violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty" but the charges have since been dropped.
Dax J won't serve any jail time unless he returns to Tunisia within the next five years, which seem highly unlikely.