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US News Morocco. The historian Maati Monjib begins a hunger strike

01:50  07 march  2021
01:50  07 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The historian and human rights activist thus wishes to "challenge public opinion" on "the injustice and the persecutions" of which he claims to be a victim since his arrest at the end of 2019 for “Fraud” and “endangering state security”.

Moroccan historian and human rights activist Maati Monjib announced that he started a hunger strike on Thursday for "to challenge public opinion" on "injustice and persecution" of which he claims to be a victim since his arrest at the end of 2019, according to a message disseminated by his supporters.

Mr. Monjib, 60, explains in this text that he started this hunger strike to protest against his "improper arrest" and his conviction in absentia as well as against the campaign of "defamation of the official media" targeting his family and himself.

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"False allegations"

"My writings critical of the political system and the police and my activities in favor of human rights" are at the origin of "my persecution" , affirms the historian.

He was sentenced to one year in prison on January 27 for "fraud" and "endangering state security" after a trial opened in 2015. His lawyers and support committee have denounced a judgment rendered in his absence, without summoning his defense.

The General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration denied “the false allegations” concerning this hunger strike.

Prolongation of his pre-trial detention

He "did not file any opinion on his decision to go on a hunger strike and took the two meals that were served to him on Friday" , she indicated.

According to a member of the defense committee, who visited the activist in prison on Friday, “one of the main reasons for this hunger strike is the extension by the examining magistrate of his pre-trial detention, within the framework of the investigation into "money laundering" without this decision being justified ”.

The support committee warned against "the great dangers of this hunger strike on the health and life of the prisoner" , indicating that he was suffering from several chronic diseases.

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