Saad Lamjarred has allegedly been cleared of rape charges, filed by Laura Prioul, but he still faces accusations of violence and sexual assault.
Rabat – The Moroccan pop singer will now be tried for crimes of sexual assault and willful violence against Prioul, a French national.
According to MEDIAPART news website, in order for Saad Lamjarred to be found innocent, the judge would have had to issue a nonsuit order, which wasn’t the case. On the contrary, the judge has corrected the rape and referred the criminal case to the correctional court.
The rape, however, will be tried as an offense rather than a crime.
The same source added that the procedure of requalifying rape is very common in France, estimating that 50 to 80 percent of rape cases in France have been requalified, and explaining that Lamjarred would be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison if found guilty.
On October 26, 2016, Lamjarred was charged with raping Laura Prioul. French authorities detained him for six months at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris pending his trial.
Later, on April 13, 2017, he was released on bail under electronic surveillance.