Rabat - Moroccan police have arrested Taoufik Bouachrine, a journalist and director of Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Alyoum and Alyaoum24 news website on Friday.
Rabat – Moroccan police have arrested Taoufik Bouachrine, a journalist and director of Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Alyoum and Alyaoum24 news website on Friday.
The prolific and controversial journalist was arrested inside the headquarters of his newspaper.
According to alyaoum24, twenty policemen entered the headquarter of the newspaper in Casablanca and arrested Bouachrne.
The Prosecutor General’s office issued a communique in which it laconically explained the reasons of the arrest.
“This arrest came as a result of several complaints” against Bouachrine. “For the moment, and in order to guarantee the interest of research and its secrecy as well as to preserve the preemption of innocence, it is not possible to communicate the subject of these complaints”.
The news went viral on social media networks, mainly Facebook and Twitter.
In June 2010, he was sentenced to six months in prison, a MAD dirham fine and 10,000 damages for an alleged scam.
A year earlier, he was also brought to the court following a complaint by Prince Moulay Ismaïl for a caricature deemed “insulting.”