At a press conference, the lawyers of the victims in the trial of Taoufik Bouachrine considered, on Wednesday in Casablanca, that the trial was fair.
The Criminal Court of the Casablanca Court of Appeals on Friday condemned Taufik Bukharin, to 12 years in prison, for a fine of 200,000 dirhams and compensation for certain victims. The journalist was, inter alia, accused of trafficking in human beings, abuse of authority for sexual exploitation and sexual harassment, acts committed against 8 victims and photographed.
At a press conference aimed at "enlightening public opinion," the lawyers of the victims promised that the trial took the necessary time by extending nearly 9 months, with 80 hearings lasting between 8 and 12 hours each. "In the meantime, the court has remained in equal parts, which has attracted public opinion and the media for many months," they said.
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On the same day, the victims' lawyers announced that they had decided to appeal "to protect sexually exploited women and to end the attacks against them, because some of them tried in the first place to give the political case." They noted that material compensation "far from correcting the social and psychological damage that will hide them all their lives," promises "surprises" to the process of appeal.
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After the verdict, several politicians and a civil society announced the shock and anger. Some condemned "a political trial that shows that justice reform is still at zero." The victims' defense criticized the interventions of supporters of Bouachrine who are trying, according to her, to influence the judicial system to politicize the process. One of the lawyers described the "supporters and the retirees" as referring to Nabil Ben-Dalah and Moulay Ismail Al-Alawi of the PPS and of Muhammad al-Hafid Lifa Mestiqal.
Attorney Fatima Zohra Shawi said that the publication of Mawla Heikal's Twitter on the subject was a serious violation and intervention in the judicial system, and promised at the press conference that the prince was still trying to exploit any event that could harm the kingdom.