After spending more than two months in southern France’s Draguignan prison, the Moroccan singer accused of rape, Saad Lamjarred, is free.
Rabat – The French judiciary has reportedly released Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred, who is charged with two counts of rape, on parole Wednesday afternoon.
Although the French court has yet to officially announce the news of Lamjarred’s release, several Moroccan celebrities congratulated the singer and his family.
Singer Hasna Zalagh posted a photo of Lamjarred on her Instagram, congratulating all his fans and parents, actress Nezha Regragui and singer Bachir Abdou.
She wrote: “Finally…Thank God. Congratulations to the renowned actress Lalla Nezha and singer Bachir Abdou, and all of Lamjarred’s fans…”
Moroccan singer Miryam Labiad also posted an Instagram story about Lamjarred, saying: “Thank goodness, Welcome back.”
French authorities arrested the 33-year-old pop singer for the second time on August 26 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France, after a new rape complaint was filed against him by a young French seasonal worker.
Following the Saint-Tropez incident, Lamjarred paid €150,000 bail and was let out on probation.
On September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail following the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal’s decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed his release.
The singer is already on trial for the sexual assault of French national Laura Prioul in 2016.
Lamjarred has faced other rape accusations previously. The first rape accusation came in 2010 in New York. US prosecutors later dropped the case when the plaintiff withdrew.
Saad Lamjarred is one of the most popular artists in Morocco and the Arab world. His hit song “Lmaallem” (the boss), as of February 2018, was the most-viewed song by an Arab artist on YouTube. The music video has been seen more than 691 million times.