At a press conference, attorneys at the trial of Taoufiku Bouachrine, on Wednesday in Casablanca, consider the trial to be fair.
The Criminal Court of the Appellate Court in Casablanca on Friday sentenced Taoufika Bouachrine to 12 years in prison for a 200,000 dirham fine and compensation for certain victims. The journalist is, inter alia, charged with trafficking in human beings, abuse of power for the purpose of sexual exploitation and sexual harassment, acts committed against 8 victims and recorded.
At a press conference aimed at "enlightening public opinion", victims' attorneys ensured that the trial lasted for 9 months, with 80 sessions from 8 to 12 hours. "In the meantime, the court has remained an equal part of this case, which for many months has been preoccupied with public opinion and the media," they said.
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On this occasion, victims' lawyers announced that they had decided to "complain about the protection of sexually exploited women and end attacks on them, as some of them tried from the very beginning the political character of this case." They noted that material compensation "is far from remedying the social and psychological damage that will all of them live," promising "surprises" for the appeal process.
Answers to Bouachrine support
After the announcement of the verdict, several politicians and civil society announced their enmity and outrage. Some have condemned "a political trial that shows that justice reform is still at the zero point." The victims' defense has criticized the interventions of Bouachrina's supporters who, in her words, have been trying to influence the judicial system and politicize the process. One lawyer described him as "expelled and retired" people who supported him, citing Nabil Benabdellah and Moulai Ismail El Alaoui of the PPS and M Hamed El Khalifa of Istiklal.
For his part, lawyer Fatima Zohra Chaoui believes that publishing on Twitter Mulai Hicham on this subject is a serious violation and intervention in the judicial system. She told a news conference that the prince is still trying to exploit any event that would probably hurt the kingdom.