The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed Thursday the placement in pre-trial detention, for non-compliance with his judicial review, of rapper Moha La Squale, indicted since June 2021 for “sexual assault” and “violence” on ex -companions, AFP learned on Friday from a judicial source.
Le Parisien had indicated in mid-June that the rapper had been arrested in Paris, at the Gare du Nord, when he got off a Thalys from Germany, in execution of an arrest warrant for violation of his judicial control. .
Moha La Squale, Mohamed Bellahmed of his real name, was then placed in pre-trial detention, a decision which he appealed.
Thursday, before the investigating chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal, the artist appeared in a gray and black tracksuit, long hair loose, during a hearing which AFP attended but for which the camera was quickly pronounced. The magistrates confirmed his placement in pre-trial detention, according to the judicial source.
On Friday, his lawyer Me Elise Arfi did not wish to comment on this decision.
At the time of her client’s indictment, she had indicated that “the facts are disputed and we are satisfied that a judicial investigation has been opened because Mr. Bellahmed has the firm intention of defending himself, which he has already started to do“.
“I have never, EVER raised my hand to a woman. This plot has been perpetuated to harm me“, defended the artist at the end of April 2021 on Twitter.
Moha La Squale is indicted in particular on counts of violence by spouse, sexual assault by spouse, death threats by spouse and kidnapping of various victims and placed under judicial control.
He was the subject of at least six complaints, most of which were revealed in September 2020. Moha La Squale was one of the revelations of the year 2018, author of a first album “Bendero” acclaimed by the public (gold record, more than 50,000 copies sold) and reviews. The #MeToo movement has experienced a variation in the world of French music with #MusicToo, which appeared with the account of the same name during the summer of 2020 on Instagram.
This tool has collected several hundred victims of harassment or sexual assault, according to its count.