Omar Radi © Fanny HedennoDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 136/20 HERE
On 29 July 2020, authorities charged Moroccan journalist Omar Radi with “harming national security” and “rape”. They had been harassing him since the publication in June 2020 of an Amnesty International report revealing that they had unlawfully spied on him through his phone. Omar Radi is a vocal critic of the government’s human rights record and has investigated corruption by the authorities in the past.
On 25 June 2020 and on six subsequent occasions in July 2020, Omar Radi was summoned by the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations and questioned both about phone calls and text messages dating back to 2011 and about transfers of funds to his bank account. On 29 July, he was charged and detained. He is due to stand trial before the First Instance Court of Casablanca on 22 September 2020. On 22 June, Amnesty International had published a report revealing that he had been targeted for surveillance through spyware on his phone.