Human Rights Monitor condemns the sentence against Moroccan journalist and activist Hesham Mansoury accused of double espionage. The trial was a politically motivated one because of his human rights activities and calls for freedom of expression in the country. HRM calls for the immediate release of the human rights defender Hesham Mansoury.
A Moroccan court last month had sentenced the activist to 10 months in prison and a fine of 40,000 dirham after he was arrested on March 17 without a warrant from his home by more than ten police men in civil dress who stormed his home and beat him stripping him of his clothes.
The preliminary court in Rabat refused to look into evidence or listen to witnesses or his defense which had submitted written testimonies proving his innocence by neighbours and security guards at his building and chose to listen instead to the police reports against him.
HRM confirms that the targeting of Mansoury is nothing short of political revenge by security apparatus against activists and human rights defenders and the 20th February movement. The sentence is simply a settling of scores between activists and politicians.
HRM calls for all charges against Hesham Mansoury to be dropped and an investigation to be opened regarding his arrest and violations against him since his arrest. It also calls for oppression and arrest campaigns, court cases, threats and violations against all activists and opposition in Morocco to end.