The State Department said it was “disappointed” Monday evening by the judgment pronounced Friday against journalist on hunger strike for 97 days, Soulaimane Raissouni.
A few days after the conviction of journalist Soulaimane Raissouni to 5 years in prison with a fine of 100,000 Dhs, the spokesman for American diplomacy, Ned Price expressed the disappointment of the Biden administration following this decision of the Moroccan justice.
“We note that Mr. Raissouni claimed the existence of violations of the guarantees of a fair trial,” he said.
“We consider that the legal procedure leading to this judgment goes against the fundamental promises of the Moroccan system to guarantee a fair trial for any individual accused of crimes, and with the promise of the 2011 Constitution and the timetable for reforms of the King Mohammed VI ”, he maintained.
For Ned Price, “freedom of the press is a foundation for a prosperous society. The government must provide journalists with guarantees capable of playing their essential role without fear of unjustified reprisals or threats ”.
The spokesperson for the State Department also invoked the case of Omar Radi, in pre-trial detention since July 29 following his accusation of “rape” and “endangering the internal security of the State”, and whose the trial continues on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
In addition, the Attorney General of the King at the Casablanca Court of Appeal affirmed on Monday that justice “has met all the conditions guaranteeing a fair trial for the detainee Soulaimane Raissouni, despite his negative position alongside his defense which chose to obstruct the trial instead of continuing the proceedings as required by law ”.
Recall that the journalist, 49, was placed in preventive detention on May 22, 2020 following a self-referral from the prosecution which followed a complaint filed two months later by an LGBT activist for “assault”. sexual ”, facts that he has always denied.