Rape trial of Moroccan vocalist Saad Lamjarred begins in Paris

PARIS– The trial of popular Moroccan vocalist Saad Lamjarred on charges of exacerbated rape and attack got underway in Paris on Monday, in a case that triggered a reaction amongst feminist activists in North Africa and the Middle East.

The 37- year-old Lamjarred, who is popular on the Arab popular song scene, apparently raped a French lady at a high-end hotel on the Champs-Elysees in October 2016 while he was under the impact of alcohol and drug.

He has actually rejected the accusations. If founded guilty, he confronts 20 years in jail. A decision is anticipated on Friday.

The lady, who was 20 years of ages at the time, stated that she satisfied Lamjarred at a Paris club and accompanied him to his hotel, according to the file summing up the conclusions of the examination that read out by the administering magistrate at the court.

She stated that he struck her numerous times as she was attempting to press him back prior to he raped her, the file stated. She handled to leave the space, and hotel personnel reported seeing her weeping and in distress.

The lady’s attorney Jean-Marc Descoubes, informed press reporters Monday that the supposed victim stays strong, in spite of the injury she sustained. “It was exceptionally violent … It was really distressing for her. She’s still being dealt with, however she stays strong, good and bold,” stated Descoubes.

On Monday, Lamjarred informed the court that he turns down the accusations of rape and attack. He acknowledged he had “periodically” utilized alcohol and drugs at the time, however has actually given that stopped.

The court stated Lamjarred appreciated the conditions of the judicial guidance he has actually been under because2017 Lamjarred is not allowed to carry out in France, however has actually been enabled to leave the nation for programs abroad.

Feminist activists in North Africa and the Middle East have in current years led a project versus the vocalist as part of the #MeToo motion, leading a few of his programs to be cancelled, specifically in Egypt.

Lebanese activist group Akhbar Al-Saha (News From the Square) stated in a declaration “we hope this lawsuit is a chance for those who safeguard him to reconsider and stand with the victims and survivors and not the criminal.”

Lamjarred is among the Arab world’s most popular artists. His video “Lm3allem” has more than 1 billion views on his YouTube channel, where he has more than 14 million customers.

King Mohammed VI granted him Morocco’s greatest nationwide honor in 2015.

Lamjarred has actually likewise been charged with the exacerbated rape of another female in August 2018 at a bar in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. A trial date hasn’t been set for that case.


Kareem Chehayeb in Beirut added to the story.

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