Rabat – Saad Lamjarred’s agent shared a statement from his management team defending the pop singer who is accused of two rapes in France.
The agent, Karim Abi Yaghi, shared the communiqué on Instagram, saying that the artist was placed in custody in Aix-En-Provence in southeastern France on September 18, where he will remain until the end of the investigation.
The statement added that, originally, the bail judge in Draguignan, France, decided “to release him and put him under judicial control until the end of the investigation.” However, the prosecutor of the city, which requested that Saad Lamjarred be remanded to detention, “appealed in September the decision of the bail judge of freedoms.”
The statement affirmed that the court has not made a verdict on the two rape cases in Saint Tropez and Paris.
After his arrest in 2016 in the rape case of a French national and subsequent supervised release, authorities arrested Lamjarred in a rape case in August in Saint Tropez.
After 48 hours in custody, Lamjarred was released after he paid a bail of €150,000.
Some Moroccan citizens and local radio channels, including Hit Radio and Radio 2M, boycotted his songs, popularizing the viral hashtag campaign: #Masaktach (I will not be hushed).
The first French person to accuse Lamjarred of rape, Laura Prioul, took to her Twitter to thank people boycotting Lamjarred’s song, writing the Masaktch hashtag.
“A big thank you for the #, the boycotts, and the messages of support and finally the justice!!! #Masaktach,” she tweeted.
The Moroccan singer’s named was also ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November. The competition removed Lamjarred’s name due to the rape charges.