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Moroccan authorities quelled a sit-in in front of Oukacha prison in solidarity with journalist Raissouni

Moroccan authorities have repressed a sit-in organized by human rights committees in solidarity with the detained journalist Soulaimane Raissouni in front of Oukacha prison on Sunday in city of Casablanca.

The action aims at putting under the spotlights the journalist’s health condition as well as calling on the necessary treatment to save his life, according to local media.

On the set-in day, Moroccan authorities have gathered their forces and have cordoned off all roads and corridors’ leading to Oukacha prison, in order to block the set-in organized to calling for more transparency on his health condition and to release him.

Human rights committees called on Saturday for a sit-in in front of Oukacha prison, on Sunday, to call on the truth about the health condition of the political detainee Soulaimane Raissouni, demanding necessary treatment to save his life.

The initiative aims to reveal health condition of the detained politician and journalist Soulaimane Raissouni, and also to demand that his wife, son and all members of his family be allowed to visit him, emphasizing the need for him to receive the necessary treatment to save his life.

A Moroccan court in Casablanca on Monday sentenced journalist Omar Radi to six years in prison for “violent indecent assault and sexual assault on his colleague Hafsa Boutaher “and convicted Imad Stitou to a six-month prison for” complicity in rape“, in addition to sentencing Soulaimane Raissouni to five years in prison for ”sexual assault”.

Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in Morocco (nearly thirty bodies) condemned the ”unfair sentence” that targeted the detainee of opinion, journalist Soulaimane Raissouni, in a trial that lacks of all the guarantees of a fair trial based on international law and international legitimacy of human rights, expressing its fear on the reality of rights and freedoms in the kingdom.

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