After being sentenced to 12 years in first instance to journalist Taoufik Bouachrine, his sentence was extended to 15 years in prison following an appeal following the judgment of the Casablanca Court of Appeal of October 25. We remind you that the founder of Akhbar Al Yaoum and Al Yaoum 24 was charged with Fr. human trafficking»,« abuse of power for sexual purposes "AND" rape and attempted rape ".
This new belief has responded to international NGOs, but also to all kinds of personalities. Among them was the former historian of the kingdom of Hassan Aourid, who speaks to himself surprisedIncreasing the journalist's opinion. "Given the context of the trial that took place in parallel with the release of the royal palace, announcing the grace of the same media journalist Hajar Raissouni, it seemed that this issue would find a way out, but ultimately this is not the case I can not foresee royal grace soon, but everything is possible"He explains in the October 28 issue of the journal Akhbar Al YaoumBecause the builder, Abderrahim Jamaica, talks about the court, which he challenges equity values'and he thinks it only royal pardon could cure law enforcement violence. "
Taoufik Bouachrine's new belief also caused a political class reaction. That is why former head of government Abdelilah Benkirane says " thrilled"AND"sadFrom the appeal judgment of Taoufik Bouachrine. "I can't express myself because I can't speakHe said. This sadness is also evoked by former Minister of Culture Mohamed Achaari, who confidedAkhbar Al Yaoum: "I am deeply saddened by the severity of the judgment against Taoufik Bouachrine, whom I have always considered a brave journalist, able to express the basic fears of citizens (…) away from the media scene, it is a great loss".
Shocked by this judgment, the current PPS Secretary General Nabil Benabdallah said:"We all hoped that the pending judgment would be reviewed or annulled, but it was not. I repeat the call to find a solution that would change this painful side". PJD MP Abdelali Hamiedine believes that the founder Akhbar Al Yaoum"Pay the price for his items and words". He continuesI am sure that those who rule the country will know how to find a way out. In the light of the grace of Hajar Raissouni, his fiancee and others. This decision was a strong message that the monarchical institution follows such records with reason and indulgence. So I hope that royal forgiveness will put an end to this nightmare".
RSF says "judicial harassment "
For their part, Reporters Without Borders responded to the verdict on October 28. "Such judicial harassment against Taoufik Bouachrine is incomprehensible.We call on Moroccan justice to drop the charges against the journalist and release him as soon as possibleSays Souhaieb Khayati, director of the RSF office in North Africa. The organization resembles thisan opinion issued in January 2019 by a group of experts from the United Nations Human Rights Council also stated that the detention of Taoufik Bouachrine & # 39; was "arbitrary" and that he was the victim of "judicial harassment"".
This UN group would send correspondence to the Moroccan representative on 28 October. "asking for clarification why Taoufik Bouachrine was not releasedSays Al Yaoum 24.
AFP recalls that the journalist boycotted the recent hearings in his trial to condemn what he considers biased. However, he insisted on exercising his right to speak on Friday, saying again innocently and counting on the sentence "only". The judgment of the Casablanca Court of Appeal was handed down after seven hours of deliberation, before some lawyers and journalists, before the editor was taken to prison.