The French trapper Mohamed Sylla, known as MHD, very famous in France and less known in the rest of Europe, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of a young man in Paris in 2018. Five other people accused in the same trial were sentenced to sentences between 10 and 18 years and three were acquitted. MHD continued to maintain its innocence throughout the trial.
The young man killed was called Loic K and was 23 years old: on the night of 5 July 2018 he had been hit by a Mercedes (which turned out to be owned by Sylla) and then beaten by about ten people and stabbed. According to the prosecution, it was a settling of accounts between rival gangs. Sylla is 29 years old and became a famous trapper in 2015 making music in the Afro-trap genre, a kind of hip hop with influences from traditional African music. He was arrested in January 2019 and released a year and a half later while awaiting sentencing: his latest album is from 2021.