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Al Hoceima Trial: New Hearing Set for Tuesday

Casablanca  -  
A new hearing for the Al Hoceima events trial was set for next Tuesday, said the public prosecutor at the Casablanca Appeal Court following the Friday hearing.
Al Hoceima Trial: New Hearing Set for Tuesday
13 January 2018

During this hearing, attended by all the suspects, the plaintiffs' defence insisted on the need for a reply to procedural flaws as underlined by the accused' lawyers given that this was brought before a competent court, he said in a statement to the press.

The plaintiffs' defence also recalled that the State became a plaintiff on behalf of members of the assaulted forces of order, some of whom are sustaining partial paralysis, he added.

It also described as "baseless" the torture allegations made by the detainees who admitted, as did some of their lawyers, that they were not subjected to any act of violence, noting that the law authorizes the public force to intervene to scatter an armed gathering or an unauthorized rally on public property, he said.

The plaintiffs' defence recalled, in this regard, that Morocco has adopted the Convention against Torture and received the UN Sub-committee on Prevention of Torture which lauded, in a press release issued on Oct. 31, 2017, the anti-torture laws and reforms in force.

Each of the suspects are standing trial for undermining the State's domestic security, sabotage, murder and looting attempts, and for accepting money and other material means to fund propaganda meant to prejudice Morocco's unity and sovereignty.

They are also sued for shaking citizens' loyalty towards the Moroccan State and national institutions, participating in the organization of an unauthorized protest and holding unauthorized public rallies.

Last modified : 13 January 2018

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