Pegasus: Inadmissibility of Proceedings, Moroccan Appeal

The court delivered ten judgments against Le Monde, Radio France, France Media Monde, Mediapart, L’Humanite, Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, declaring the disqualification of direct quotes.

The decisions are based on a clause of the Freedom of the Press Act 1881, which “does not permit a State, who cannot be regarded as a person within the meaning of that Act, to proceed in defamation”.

Moroccan lawyers have indicated they are appealing.

“It was not unexpected, case law was largely in this direction”, responded Simon Foreman of Amnesty International.

“Morocco, by immediately appealing the verdict, renews its faith in French justice and relies on the Paris Court of Appeal to say that Amnesty and the Forbidden Stories played the role of a sorcerer’s apprentice by publishing false information and disseminating an unverified narrative. has played”, declared. State Counsel, Me Olivier Baratelli and Me Rodolphe Bocellut.

During the hearing on 26 January, the prosecution had requested the prosecution’s inadmissibility, citing “persistent” case law in the region.

Moroccan lawyers did not claim that the state itself was acceptable, but that it could act on behalf of its security and intelligence services.

In its rulings, the tribunal rejected these arguments, noting that Morocco was actually acting “in its own name”.

Claims of abuse of process made by some media and NGOs have also been debunked.

An investigation was opened on 20 July by the Paris Prosecutor’s Office, on the background of the Pegasus revelations.

(with AFP)

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