The controversy around Radi and Raissouni obscures the main claim

The controversy swells around the hunger strike led by the two journalists in detention, Omar Radi and Souleimane Raissouni. Several human rights bodies, and even politicians, have called for the immediate release of the journalists following the deterioration of their health. A petition has even been signed by more than 100 journalists for the same demands, with a few details. But nothing helps. The two journalists are still in detention. And the DGAPR does not hear it the same way.

The General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), has indeed reacted to the demands of all the parties, but to set the record straight! In an update published Tuesday in response to a question sent by members of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) to the Head of Government following the hunger strike observed by the two detainees, Souleimane Raissouni and Omar Radi, and which was widely relayed by social media, the DGAPR noted that ” the announced hunger strike has no connection with the conditions of their detention, as they themselves affirmed during the visit which they received from the director of the penitentiary establishment in an attempt to dissuade them “.

According to the DGAPR, the purpose of this strike by the two detainees is none other than their release, noting that it has no responsibility for the possible repercussions of this act on their state of health.

Have we strayed from the flagship claim in this case?

Journalist Omar Radi, detained since July 2020 in the local prison of Oukacha-Casablanca, is accused of ” foreign funding, undermining the internal security of the State “And” to have rapeé ”. These are two cases judged jointly by the criminal chamber of the Casablanca Court of Appeal. Omar has always denied the facts with which he is accused. His defense recently requested that he be provisionally released and that he be able to access his case file. But this request was refused for the umpteenth time.

For the former editor of Akhbar Al Yaoum, Souleimane Raissouni, he is being prosecuted under the charge of ” rape with violence and forcible confinement ” and has also been detained in Oukacha prison since May 2020. Raissouni has always claimed his innocence in this affair since the first day of his arrest. Like his colleague, his request for provisional release was never granted to him.

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Since their arrest, human rights activists and NGOs have called for the immediate release of Radi and Raissouni to prosecute them in a state of freedom, since they meet all the criteria to benefit from this measure, while allowing them to also benefit from a fair trial. A claim that was not taken into account by the DGAPR in its press release of Tuesday, April 20.

DGAPR: A hunger strike is not enough to release a detainee

There was never any question of freeing the two journalists without trying them in the cases for which they are being prosecuted. What we have always demanded is the fact of prosecuting them in a state of freedom since they meet all the conditions. Then, that they be judged fairly. We do not want in any way to interfere in the work of justice, but we ask that they benefit from their constitutional right, namely a fair trial“, Specified to Hespress Fr a journalist who signed the petition for the release of the two journalists.

The DGAPR does not hear it the same way. She neglected this flagship claim, to shoot red balls on the parliamentary group of the PJD, and on ” so-called human rights defenders“.

As in the past, the same parliamentary group addressed a question to the Head of Government while making it leak “Indicated the DGAPR in its press release, regretting” the use of what these parliamentarians consider to be a human rights case to achieve narrow objectives, when these are two common law cases, as evidenced by the fact that they insist on these two inmates only “.

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For the prison management, the deputies voluntarily ignored the previous update by the management of the Ain Sebaa 1 penitentiary establishment on the conditions of detention and the hunger strike of the two detainees concerned, ” to join the voices of so-called human rights defenders calling for the release of the detainees, in complete contradiction with the independence of the judiciary and the rights of the other parties concerned by these two cases. As if the simple act of going on a hunger strike was enough to free detainees even in flagrant violation of the laws “.

In any case, the DGAPR did not respond to the main request of human rights defenders in this case, because it simply does not fall within its competence, but it nevertheless challenges the ” so-called human rights defenders ”Or the parliamentarians of the PJD.

The case of the two journalists is today on the table of the head of government Saad Eddine El Otmani. There was the question of the PJD parliamentary group but also the written question of the deputy of the Federation of the Democratic Left (FGD), Mostafa Chanaoui. For the latter, El Othmani has authority over all the departments concerned by this affair, but he did not intervene.

After the reaction of the DGAPR, we are now waiting for that of the head of government …

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