Saad Lamjarred convicted of rape in Paris

Paris –

A Paris court on Friday found Moroccan singer Saad Ramjared guilty of rape and assault and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Lamjarred, 37, who is well known in the Arab pop music scene, has been on trial since Monday on charges of aggravated rape and assault.

In October 2016, the singer was accused of raping a French woman under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at a luxury hotel on the Champs Elysées, after seven hours of deliberations by six jurors and three magistrates. Convicted.

Lamjarred denied the rape and assault allegations. On the first day of his trial, he admitted to using alcohol and drugs “occasionally” at the time, but said he had since quit.

“I never did what I was accused of,” Ramjared told a magistrate on Friday, according to French media reports.

The victim’s attorney, Jean-Marc Descouve, told reporters at the start of the trial that his client had been receiving treatment and remained strong despite the trauma she suffered. .

The woman, who was 20 at the time, said she met Ranjared at a Paris nightclub and accompanied him to his hotel, according to documents summarizing the findings.

She said he hit her several times when he tried to push him back before raping her. He reported seeing him in

Lamjarred is one of the most popular artists in the Arab world. His Music His video “Lm3allem” has over 1 billion views on his YouTube channel and has over 14 million subscribers.

King Mohammed VI awarded Morocco’s highest national award in 2015.

Lamjarred has also been charged with raping a woman at a nightclub in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera in August 2018. No trial period is set.

Feminist activists in North Africa and the Middle East have led campaigns against Ranjared in recent years as part of the .MeToo movement, which has led to the cancellation of several of his shows in Egypt and elsewhere.

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