The hip-hop star, also known as Yasiin Bey, was detailed in the country in January (16), after allegedly attempting to depart from Cape Town International Airport using a so-called World Passport.

Authorities insisted the travel documents were not legal and took Mos Def into custody on charges of using a false passport and an unrecognised travel document. He was released on $300 (£211) bail and was ordered to check in with police every two days.

The musician returned to court for a new hearing on Tuesday (08Mar16), when prosecutors successfully requested a two-week postponement to further investigate the case. He did not speak during the court session, and was allowed to remain on bail until the next hearing on 24 March (16).

However, his appearance was not without drama. Mos Def had initially been turned away from entering the court house after refusing to remove his turban, but later returned with a loose head scarf, and was subsequently allowed in.

The 42-year-old maintains his World Passport is valid, and, in a statement released via his friend Kanye West in January (16), Mos Def declared he is "being prevented from leaving unjustly, unlawfully, and without any logical reason".

He added, "I have reason to believe or suspect that there are political motivations behind the way that I'm being treated because... I haven't broken any law and I'm being treated like a criminal."

After filing charges in January (16), authorities also claimed the rapper had been trying to keep his family in the country on an expired visa since 2014, according to