Jan Koura is Assistant Professor at Charles University’s Institute of World History and Head of the Cold War Research Group (CWRG) at the Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions (Charles University). His research interests focus on propaganda and public diplomacy during the Cold War and Czechoslovak activities in the Third World, primarily in Africa. He made the disappearance in 1965 of Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris, his blessed bread, by exploiting declassified documents from the archives of the Czech secret services.
At the end of 2021, he was highlighted in an article published by “The Observer, the Sunday edition of the British newspaper The Guardian, of December 26», which somewhat resumed his thesis where he argued that Mehdi Ben Barka ” was not just a simple secret informer, but a leading spy”. Indeed, Jan Koura tried to highlight the last years of the life of the Moroccan politician by revealing that the icon of the Moroccan left had cooperated or collaborated with the Czechoslovak intelligence services (StB) from 1961 until his kidnapping. For Bachir Ben Barka, son of Mehdi Ben Barka, for years attacks on the memory of his father have been spreading insidiously. It was, in fact and once again, only ” pseudo deliberately fabricated revelations against“. But here is a little in response to the son of the father, but also by revealing another case in connection with the disappearance of the Czech academic, Jan Koura, persists and signs. ” Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka was a spy, Cold War records suggest“. It’s been rehearsed for many Moroccans who don’t want the memory of Mehdi Ben Barka to be soiled in this way and who consider Koura too young to really immerse themselves in the affair.
Jan Koura, in his story that he wants it to be related to Jauvert’s investigative bestsellers more than to true historical reality from home, reveals to us this time in his series ” cold case made in Czechoslovakia“, that Jean Clémentin (Pipa for StB), one of the great feathers of the weekly “Le Canard enchaîné”, under the pseudonym of Jean Manan, was paid by the Czechoslovak secret services to publish (Operation Start), in the satirical newspaper, false information on the Ben Barka affair with the aim of implicating the American secret services in the kidnapping. We want to believe it, except that soon to be a centenary Pipa refused to speak. However, her son told L’Obs magazine that ” no one will be interested in this old business from the 60s”. Nay! According to Jan Koura, who had revealed that Ben Barka worked for the Czech secret services for pay, the StB gave instructions to eleven of its agents infiltrated in major newsrooms around the world to do this by relaying what today it would have been called “fake news” or literally fake news.
The approach to the question of, Mohammed Achaari, writer, president of the Union of Writers of Morocco and Moroccan politician affiliated with the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and former Minister of Culture, under the government of he alternation of the late Abderrahman Youssoufi and that of Driss Jettou is totally different. For the native of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, he considers that these are only nonsense and sweeps, so to speak, into touch, “It is an outbidding that has lasted for more than half a century. Nothing new has yet been added to what has already been said or published. These are far from convincing allegations. The truth is elsewhere “. For Mohammed Achaari, “this case has never been elucidated despite all the legal instructions and the body still remains untraceable. We must first clarify the kidnapping and death of Mehdi Ben Barka and above all provide clear answers to the widow of Mehdi Ben Barka, his children, his relatives, his political family as well as to Moroccans who are waiting to know the truth. , so that they can grieve .
The poet and novelist and no less a politician continues his momentum “We must overcome the obstacles of intangible principles in order to reconcile the minimum requirements of justice and truth due to the family of Mehdi Ben Barka and the tribute to his memory..It is only from there that history will be written. The rest is but the luxuriant slander and attacks on the memory of a great man.. According to Mohammed Achaari, it is high time to “to reveal the whole truth about the crime of kidnapping and the assassination of the martyr Ben Barka and to lift the veil or total secrecy on everything concerning this affairto be able to move forward.