Rabat - Belgian police “neutralised” a 36-year old Moroccan man after he was suspected of detonating a bomb at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday night. The 36-year old, who has only been identified with his initials O.Z., has been revealed as a Moroccan coming from Molenbeek, an area in western Brussels noted for its links...0
Laftit Files Complaint Against Journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui Over Video Accusations
By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat - Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit has filed a complaint against Hamid El Mahdaoui, the director of Moroccan news platform, Badil, for defamatory comments used in a video posted online.
The minister's lawyer Mohamed Karrout told MAP news agency that Laftit has decided to file a complaint against El Mahdaoui for publishing a video that contains charges of corruption and undermines the dignity of the minister.
“Every citizen, whatever his or her rank, has the right to file a complaint to a court to seek for justice,” added the lawyer.
Karrout said that all Moroccans should respect the independence of justice and believe in the supremacy of the law, in order to not violate other people's dignity. He added that while it is necessary to respect the limits of journalistic work, such expression should not include defamatory acts, as is prohibited by the press and penal codes.
This is not the first time that El Mahdaoui has been accused of misinformation. Three years ago, the journalist was found guilty of publishing false accusations of torture.
in 2014, Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP) member Karim Lachkar died in one of Al Hoceima's police stations as a result of “respiratory insufficiency” which was aggravated by the consumption of cocaine and alcohol.
Several human rights associations and journalists, including El Mahdaoui, claimed that the Al Hoceima police forces had fatally beaten the young man during his arrest.
The journalist was given a suspended prison sentence of four months and ordered to pay substantial damages of MAD 10,000.