King of Morocco offers to pay legal costs of Arabic pop star Saad Lamjarred accused of rape at a Paris hotel
Moroccan King Mohammed VI has said he will cover Lamjarred’s legal costs and offered to hire a top defence lawyer
The embassy told AFP: ‘This is a favourable response to a request from the family of the singer who sought his majesty’s intervention, and with respect for the presumption of innocence’.
- Saad Lamjarred, 31, has been detained in France after the alleged attack
- King Mohammed VI has said he will cover Lamjarred’s legal costs
- The king awarded the singer Morocco’s highest national honor in 2015
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Victim tells of horrendous abuse suffered at hands of Bristol sex gang
The scale of horrendous abuse of young girls in Bristol by a sex gang have emerged.
During a seven-week trial at Bristol Crown Court into the Somali men’s crimes, one victim described how she was raped by different men.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she felt “pressurised” into having sex with the men and believed it was “expected” of her.
She said the incidents happened when she was aged 14 or 15 and took place during visits to Bristol in 2012 and 2013.
Jurors found Sakariya Sheikh, 23, known as Zak; Mohammed Dahir, 24, known as Kamal; and Abdirashid Abdulahi, 23, known as Abs or Older Abs all guilty of raping her.
Other men were acquitted or the jury failed to reach verdicts.
Her allegations formed 32 of the 46 charges the defendants faced on the indictment and included rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
The teenager told the jury she would be given alcohol or drugs during visits to various homes in the Bristol area and then would be raped by the men.
Asked why she had sex with Dahir, the girl replied: “Because I was at his house. It was expected of me.
“They would keep on asking me and they would give me stuff like weed and shisha and alcohol and I felt I had to do it or they would eject me from the house.”
Referring to another rape by Dahir, the girl told the jury: “I told him I didn’t want to do it but he didn’t seem to want to listen to me.”
The girl also described being raped by Sheikh and another man, and told the court: “I just lied down and let it carry on and let them finish.”
She told the jury she did not consider herself to be in a relationship with any of the men she accused of raping her.
“A lot of the time they kept on asking me, they would keep on asking me, so in the end I gave in,” she said.
“A lot of the time it was expected of me by the person whose flat I was in or by my friend as, if I didn’t, she would no longer get stuff off them like alcohol and weed.”