Casablanca - The Network of French-Moroccan Competencies (RCFM) has stated that the referral of the case of Gdim Izik to an ordinary, civilian court has managed to guarantee a fair trial of the defendants and thereby blocked the way in for anyone seeking to politicize it.
Casablanca – The Network of French-Moroccan Competencies (RCFM) has stated that the referral of the case of Gdim Izik to an ordinary, civilian court has managed to guarantee a fair trial of the defendants and thereby blocked the way in for anyone seeking to politicize it.
The Network of French-Moroccan Competencies, located in the French area of Centre-Val de Loire, released a statement on January 21 asserting that the transition the Gdim Izik case from a military court to a civilian court has provided the guarantee of a fair trial and made it possible to know the truth and convict the defendants, who are represented by lawyers from Morocco and abroad.
The RFCM expressed in its communiqué that this transition also confirms the criminal nature of this issue and stops any party from seeking to politicize this case.
The military court enjoyed legal jurisdiction at the time the crimes were committed, before the case was ultimately referred to a normal court by the Court of Cassation.
The RFCM’s communiqué welcomed the decision of the Court of Cassation in July 2016, which annulled the sentence of the military court against 24 defendants.
The network revealed that it had witnessed what it described as despicable maneuvers resorted to by some parties in order to impede the normal course of the trial.
The RFCM expressed its deep solidarity with the families and relatives of the victims of Gdim Izik, who have joined forces under the umbrella of an association in order to defend their rights.
The tragedy of Gdim Izik occurred near the southern city of Laayoune on November 8, 2010 and resulted in the atrocious slaughtering of 13 people, including 11 members of the security forces.
The network hailed the progress achieved under the leadership of King Mohammed VI in the field of human rights in Morocco since 1999.
King Mohammed VI’s efforts were reinforced by the Constitution of 2011 which guaranteed, among other things, fundamental human rights and, in particular, the right to appeal judicial rulings and the right of competent defense.