The political opponent, former president of the Rabat Bar and former Minister of Human Rights between 1995 and 1996, Mohamed Ziane, was arrested and imprisoned after being sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (470 euros) by the Rabat Court of Appeal.
Mohamed Ziane, founder of the Liberal Moroccan Party (PML),is known for his positions in favour of the Rif “Hirak”, a social movement that agitated the mountainous Berber region in 2016-2017.
In 2018, the lawyer had also defended the opposition press boss TaoufikBouachrine, sentenced to 15 years in prison for “sexual assaults” against eight women.
Mohamed Ziane’s son and lawyer, Ali Reda Ziane, said in this context that his father never appeared in court and was not legally notified of his conviction, adding that“this is a vicious circle against him since he took a stand in favour of the Rif Hirak.”
The Moroccan Committee for the Support of Prisoners of Conscience said it was “extremely shocked” by his imprisonment. “His appeal trial was held in a single hearing, without giving President Ziane the opportunity to defend himself,” the same source added.