Morocco: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Mark Williams Mark Williams Shadow Minister (Innovation, Universities and Skills), Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request HM Ambassador in Morocco to seek information on the detention by the Moroccan authorities of (a) Ali Salem Tamek, (b) Brahim Dahane, (c) Ahmed Nasiri, (d) Yahdih Tarouzi and (e) Rashid Sghir.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

We are aware of the arrest of these five people, and two others, at Casablanca airport on 8 October 2009. The Moroccan authorities have publicly stated that the individuals are being held in relation to charges of treason and conspiracy against the state with enemy forces. Six remain on remand in Morocco. One has been released pending trial.

We and our EU colleagues continue to monitor the case. We have discussed this with the Moroccan authorities on several occasions and underlined the importance of a free and fair trial. We are also in contact with local non-governmental organisations who are following the case. Some of these been granted access to visit the individuals in prison and have stated their intention to observe the trial.

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