Rapper Mos Def Turned Away with Turban In South Africa

3/8/2016 6:53 AM PST

Rapper Mos Def: Turned Away with Turban in South Africa

Rapper Mos Def was turned away in a South African court Tuesday, after refusing to remove a turban on his head.  

The American rapper faces charges of trying to leave the country with a bogus passport. He presented a "world passport," instead of his American passport and was slapped with the charge.

After being turned away, he returned with a loose scarf partially covering his head.

The world passport -- technically called "World Government of World Citizens" -- is not recognized by the country.