Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred is Out of Jail Again

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.Read Also: La Casa de Papel’s Enrique Arce Congratulates Raja Casablanca on VictoryLamjarred 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.Read Also: To Boycott or Not to Boycott: How Saad Lamjarred Is Dividing Moroccans read more

Grant receives countrys top academic nod

Barry Grant says he feels “honoured and flattered” to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada.A Brock professor has received Canada’s highest academic honour by being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).Barry Grant, a Film Studies professor, has been named a Fellow to the country’s oldest society of scientists and scholars. With his election into the society, Grant has received the highest honour a scholar can achieve and earns the right to use the postnomial FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada).The RSC was founded in 1882 by the Marquesse of Lorne, then Canada’s Governor-General. Since then, about 2,000 Fellows have been named. The society serves three purposes: to recognize outstanding contributions to Canada’s  intellectual culture; to promote Canadian culture abroad; and to advise  governments and organizations.Elections of new Fellows must be supported by three existing members of the society. Grant said he was “honoured and flattered” to hear of his inclusion, particularly for his involvement in the fields of film studies and popular culture. He welcomes the chance to represent his field.“It’s good for the discipline of film studies,” he said. “It gives it more visibility. What I would hope is, because there is as of yet no other Fellows from my fields in the Royal Society, that I’ll be able to give informed input into the development of relevant official policy, such as copyright and censorship.”Brock is proud of Grant’s many accomplishments, said Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic.“The national and international recognition that accompanies membership in the Royal Society speaks to the quality and stature of the faculty at Brock,” he said. “Barry is one of many distinguished teachers and researchers who have made their careers in Niagara and who contribute to our community in a variety of ways.”“Barry Grant is a world renowned expert in the history of film and an all round stellar academic,” said Thomas Dunk, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “He is a great teacher, as well as a fantastic researcher and prolific writer.”It’s been an accomplished year for Grant, who has taught at Brock since 1975. He recently received the Canadian Association of University Teachers Distinguished Academic Award, the national association’s highest academic award, as well as the Pedagogy Award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of film studies from the international Society for Cinema and Media Studies.With adjunct professor Joan Nicks, he recently edited the book Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture, which was launched in June. This Halloween, the British Film Institute will publish his monograph on the horror film classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.Grant is the fourth Brock academic to be named to the RSC. The others are Sandra Beckett (French, 2004), Kenneth Kernaghan (Political Science, 1998) and Richard Rand (Biological Sciences, 1993).Grant will attend the Annual General Meeting of the RSC from Nov. 26 to 28 in Ottawa.Related links:• Grant receiving national award for teaching, overall service | The Brock News• Niagara culture celebrated at book launch | The Brock News read more