The Moroccan authorities, in the person of the ambassador of the Kingdom in Berlin, Zohour Alaoui, on Monday filed in Germany, a request for an injunction against the publishing house of the newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, concerning “false allegations in part of a press article about the alleged use of spyware “Pegasus” by the Kingdom of Morocco “.
The Moroccan embassy in Berlin said in a statement that “Süddeutsche Zeitung has raised the issue in several press articles, some of which refer to the case as a proven fact and others as a suspicion. , concerning the obtaining from the Kingdom of Morocco of the spyware called “Pegasus” and its use to spy on and listen to the cell phones of numerous politicians, journalists and other personalities.
The Kingdom of Morocco, which vehemently denies these allegations, has never obtained and therefore did not use the Pegasus spyware, said the statement.
Morocco took this measure in Germany against the Süddeutsche Zeitung which is, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt, one of the three largest German dailies, after having filed a defamation complaint in France against Amnesty International, Forbidden Stories, Le Monde, Mediapart and France Radio for defamation, his lawyer announced Thursday, July 22, Me Olivier Baratelli.
“The Kingdom of Morocco and its ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, have mandated Me Olivier Baratelli to issue, as of today, two direct citations in defamation” against these two associations at the origin of the revelations since Sunday on the clients of this software.
A first procedural hearing is scheduled for October 8 before the press law chamber, but the trial is not expected to take place for about two years.
“The Moroccan state immediately intends to seize the French justice, because it wants all the light to be shed on the false allegations of these two organizations which put forward elements without any concrete and demonstrated proof”, had accused the lawyer of Morocco Me Baratelli.