Casablanca’s Prison Administration Denies Comments by Bouachrine Lawyer

Rabat – The administration of the Ain Al Borja prison in Casablanca denied comments that the detained journalist Taoufik Bouachrine is prohibited from receiving letters from family members on Friday.In a statement released by the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), Casablanca’s prison administration denied the comments, which were attributed to a member of Bouachrine’s defense committee.The prison administration confirmed that the detainee received five letters from his wife between April 2-11. The statement added that three more letters from Bouachrine’s wife, children, and sister were handed to him on April 19. “The allegations made by some lawyers of the detainee, will not deter the administration of the institution to enforce the law against all prisoners without distinction,” concluded the statement.Bouachrine was arrested on February 24, at the headquarters of Akhbar Al Yaoum.He is facing several charges, including human trafficking, the exploitation of people in need, and the abuse of power for sexual purposes. Bouachrine is also suspected of other crimes, including violent rape and attempted rape. The communiqué added that there are nearly 50 tapes documenting the sexual assault incidents, recorded on a hard disk and a digital video recorder.

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