Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, February 23, 2013
Less than a week after the stir caused by the alleged humiliation inflicted on a mechanic by a judicial official who reportedly forced him to kiss his shoes, it seems that the pressure of rights groups and the public is starting to pay off.
The Attorney General of the tribunal of first instance of Meknes, announced on Saturday the opening of an investigation over the allegations of Hisham Himmi, the mechanic who said he was humiliated by the vice-Attorney General of Midlet, 191 km east of Meknes.
“An investigation into the claims of a citizen who said was humiliated by the Vice-Attorney General of Mldelt has been opened,” reads a communiqué carried by the news site Hespress.
The incident took place last Saturday in Midelt when the vice-Attorney General allegedly made a young man kiss his right and left shoes, as a condition to forgive and release him.
This news created a stir in Morocco, and prompted a great number of Moroccans to call on the government to take the most severe action against the judicial official.
Hicham Himmi, the reported victim of this incident, on Tuesday dodged a complaint to the Attorney-General to the court of appeal in Meknes.
The Moroccan Association for Human rights on Wednesday organized a sit in in front of the court of the first instance in Midelt, seeking justice for Hicham Himmi.
Mr. Said Farah, the 53-year-old vice-Attorney General who was recently accused of forcing Mr. Hicham Himmi, to kiss his feet denied the accusation directed at him, adding that the alleged victim “threatened to kill him.”
He went on to say that the mechanic was “under the influence of drugs”, adding that he “has got close relatives who belong to Justice and Charity Party, as well as the Justice and Development Party.”
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