The General Delegation for Penitentiary Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) published on Tuesday a detailed report on the situation of journalist Souleimane Raissouni, at the local prison Ain Sebaâ 1.
Under the title “On the” hunger strike “of detainee Soleiman Raissouni and its relationship with his court case”, the DGAPR sheds light on information relayed on the situation of the journalist and his hunger strike which has lasted since 90 days.
Below is the content of the report:
“Information disseminated in the electronic press and publications on social networks have swarmed very recently about the situation of preventive detainee Soleiman Raissouni at the local prison Ain Sebaâ 1, prosecuted for rape and forcible confinement, and this in connection with his alleged hunger strike that he declared on April 8, 2021. In view of the mystifying effects that the hammering of such information and publications could have, the public should know that by his “hunger strike”, this detainee is targeting to urge the competent court to release him. To convince him, he should be enlightened by making him aware of the data and significant considerations linked to this “hunger strike” and to the relationship between the way in which the detainee manages it and his case in court.
It should first be noted that the medical and paramedical staff of the penitentiary ensured daily monitoring of the inmate’s state of health, taking his vital signs from the day he declared himself a “hunger strike”. . From that day until today, out of 36 times the inmate was asked to take his vital signs, he refused to have his blood sugar measured 23 times and his weight and blood pressure 12 times.
During the last ten days, he refused 7 times that the three constants be taken from him.
It can be noted from his vital parameters recorded since the day he announced his “hunger strike” that his blood sugar and blood pressure remained normal most of the time. As for his weight, he has not decreased too significantly since April 28, 2021, the date of the announcement of his “strike”, the loss recorded since that date until June 29, 2021 not having exceeded 19 kilos. .
And whenever the person presented a risk of hypoglycemia, in fact no more than four, the management of the penitentiary evacuated him to the Ibn Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca to put him on a drip. In addition, he was given 12 laboratory tests to monitor changes in his vital parameters. These analyzes did not establish any vital disorder.
In the face of this data, one is justified in wondering how a person who claims to be on a hunger strike for 87 days lost only 19 kilograms and how their blood sugar, blood pressure and other vital parameters remained normal for this whole period.
Public opinion should take cognizance of certain data so that it can answer these completely understandable and justified questions. In fact, since he had announced that he was going on a hunger strike until today, he was consuming honey regularly. He consumed 16,750 kilos during this period, 12 purchased by his means at the penitentiary commissary, 2.5 provided by his close relatives and 2,250 by the penitentiary management.
In addition, on May 22, 2021, the person had a hot soup made from vegetables and meat. The next day (May 23, 2021), he ate the same meal and received from the management of the penitentiary a basket full of fruit, dates and yoghurt. Moreover, during his “hunger strike”, he received five times quantities of dates from this direction, one kilo the first time and a quarter of a kilo each of the other four times, or 2 kilos in total. He also took tonics (Supradyne and Berocca) that the penitentiary doctor prescribed for him three times to help him improve his vital parameters, on April 14, May 25 and June 10, 2021, respectively.
It emerges from the above that the detainee was not a hunger strike in the strict sense of the term. In fact, he was managing and still managing his so-called hunger strike in a way that allows him to preserve his vital parameters, on the one hand, and to ensure, on the other hand, that the media and social networks continue to raise the issue of his state of health, to arouse the sympathy of public opinion towards him and thus to maintain the pressure on the judiciary. The recent distribution by the wife of the detainee of a composite portrait of him and the use that has been made of it by the elements and parties who orchestrate this media hammering are part of this tactic.
Correspondingly, the detainee deliberately refrained from eating honey in the run-up to judicial hearings in order to lower his vital indicators and thus excuse his physical inability to appear at these hearings. And while the recordings of the surveillance cameras establish that he moved normally inside the penitentiary clinic, he asked for the wheelchair to go to receive his visitors and especially to talk to his lawyers.
It should be noted in this regard that he spoke to his lawyers 37 times, and each interview lasted two hours on average and sometimes even up to four hours. Further, on July 5, 2021 which, it should be noted, coincides with the 88th day of his alleged hunger strike, the detainee spoke in a normal manner and for more than an hour with three of his lawyers. How is it possible when he is able to talk to his lawyers all this time and, paradoxically, does not have the physical strength to appear in court ?!
While in connection with the above, it should be noted that in addition to the visits of his lawyers, the daily visit of the director of the penitentiary, the visits of the regional director under the General Delegation and the visit of the competent public prosecutor’s office, the detainee was visited 8 times by his wife and 5 times by other close relatives. In addition, it was visited once by a delegation from the National Human Rights Council, twice by members of the Human Rights Commission of the Casablanca- Settat Region, 3 times by the Moroccan Observatory prisons, once by the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and once by the president of the Moroccan National Press Union and the president of the National Federal Council of this union.
If his visitors, in particular those coming from administrative or judicial or human rights institutions or representing trade union or human rights organizations, urged him to stop his “hunger strike” to prevent them from doing so. adverse consequences on his health, the person concerned stuck to his position of refusal, claiming that his court case is a trial of opinion and not a matter of common law and relying on the media support he receives from the parties concerned to put pressure on the court.
It appears from all the data and considerations presented in this report that the “hunger strike” which the detainee has announced and which he is still observing in the manner specified above is in no way a reaction to his conditions of detention. In fact, the management and the medical team of the penitentiary, as has already been mentioned, have constantly urged him to abandon his position of refusal, which then has no justification other than his the ultimate objective is to exert pressure on the court to release him and not to assume his criminal responsibility in the common law case in which he is being prosecuted for rape and forcible confinement.
It is important to point out that the health service of the penitentiary concerned has all the documents relating to the medical analyzes from which the detainee has benefited and which were carried out in private laboratories or in the Ibn Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca ”.