From a futile espionage case, Amnesty International used the trial of Omar Radi to launch a campaign against Morocco while seeking to influence its justice. The Superior Council of the Judiciary has stepped up to denounce these attempts at interference.
Enough of blackmail! Unable to prove the facts contained in the adventures of an incredible case of espionage of a young person, unknown to the battalion of the press world and of an apprentice in the field of human rights, with oversized ambitions, in l occurrence Omar Radi, Amnesty International went into blackmail when it found that this affair turned against the one she presented as “star” and “victim” of human rights and abuses by Moroccan services .
Excessively publicized thanks to a report by Amnesty International on freedom of expression in Morocco, published on June 22, 2020, where, according to this NGO interested in the ramifications established with multinationals, Omar Radi’s phone had been spied on via the Pegasus software of the Israeli firm NSO, used according to it by the Moroccan authorities. A Hollywood spy case and a moral and values affair, what better way to tarnish Moroccos image as much as possible! The low-level blackmail exercised by this interested NGO targeted Moroccan justice. This time, the response, just and legitimate, came from the Superior Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) which is stepping up to defend the independence of the judiciary and non-interference in its decisions.
Thus the CSPJ indicated, Monday September 14, 2020, in reaction to a statement from Amnesty International under the title “Urgent action for the release of journalist Omar Radi”, that this would affect the reputation of justice and weaken confidence in its decisions. , calling on Amnesty International to refrain from interfering in its decisions and verdicts. The Council urged the magistrates to attach themselves to their independence and not to yield to the influences which they could undergo, whatever the source, to refer in their verdicts only to the law and to the principles of justice and equity and to respect the rights of the parties and promote all the conditions for a fair trial.
The Council underlines that the statement published by the NGO, through which it launches an international appeal to put pressure on the Moroccan authorities to obtain the release of this journalist, contains several allegations attacking the independence of the judiciary, lending to the government interference and influencing its decisions. Since June 24, 2020, Omar Radi has been interviewed, in a state of freedom, eight times by the Casablanca Judicial Police as part of a preliminary investigation ordered by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
During this phase, he regularly published the summons given to him by the Judicial Police but also 28 posts on social networks. On April 6, 2019, he posted this tweet: “Lahcen Tolfi, judge of the court of appeal executioner of our brothers (heard the detainees of the Rif, editor’s note). Let us remember him well in many regimes the little hands like him came back to beg afterwards by claiming to have carried out orders, neither forgetting nor forgiveness with these officials without dignity ”.
At the end of the investigation, assisted by several lawyers, he was presented on July 29, 2020 before the Attorney General of the King at the Casablanca Court of Appeal, for the following charges: Indecent assault with violence and rape; Receipt of foreign funds with the aim of undermining the internal security of the State and of carrying out contacts with agents of a foreign State to harm the diplomatic situation of Morocco. Omar Radi notably served as a field agent for collecting information on the situation in the Rif for the benefit of Dutch diplomats. Likewise, he received money transfers from abroad, valued at thousands of dollars.