The 27-year-old, who rose to fame with a distinctive blend of west African sounds with US-style hip-hop, was charged with homicide in January 2019 and imprisoned.
He has denied taking part in the assault, which saw the victim rammed by a black Mercedes and then beaten up and stabbed by around a dozen people in a gritty part of the capital’s 10th arrondissement.
But a local resident filmed the incident from his window, and the Mercedes was quickly identified as belonging to MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla.
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Other witnesses identified the rapper by his haircut or a Puma sweatshirt, for which he was a brand ambassador, according to investigative reports seen by AFP.
He was released in the summer of 2020 after a year-and-a-half in custody as the investigations continued, and has since released a new album of his “afro-tap” music. Seven other people will also stand trial over the killing.
The football-mad performer, who was born in France to Guinean and Senegalese parents, is best known for “Afro Trap Part. 3 (Champions League)”, a song in praise of the Paris Saint-Germain football club.