A Turkish rapper has been arrested after a police officer accused him of promoting drugs in his music.
The musician, known as Murda but whose real name is Onder Dogan, was reportedly arrested at Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul.
The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office determined in its investigation that some of the rapper’s lyrics encouraged the use of drugs.
Dogan, 37, who also holds a Dutch passport as well as Turkish citizenship, was released under judicial control after being presented to a court, pending further action, according to local media outlet Haberler.
Haberler reported that the Anti-Narcotics branch of the Istanbul Police Department discovered that the rapper, who was born in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, would be arriving at the airport the following day and he was detained at around 7.30pm on Sunday evening.
His latest album ‘Made in Turkey’ was released in 2020 and featured the participation of another famous rapper called Ezhel, real name Sercan Ipekcioglu, 30, whose song ‘AYA’ has been streamed over 80 million times on the music platform Spotify, according to Haberler.
Murda announced back in March on Instagram that his newborn baby daughter Ayla had passed away. While the cause of death is unclear, the rapper said: “My beautiful daughter, you are now our guardian angel. All I know is that you are always with me.”