Rabat – The Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) released a statement on Tuesday, saying that it will sue a Moroccan e-news outlet for accusing an unidentified PJD minister of raping a journalist.
PJD’s statement came a few days after Moroccan news outlet Barlamane claimed on March 4th that a Moroccan official of the PJD allegedly raped a journalist questioned by Morocco’s Judicial Police (BNPJ) about the case of Moroccan journalist Bouachrine, who is currently facing charges for alleged sexual misconduct.
Barlamane added that the unidentified official, who allegedly served as a minister under the government of former head Abdelilah Benkirane, still holds the same position under the new cabinet of the current Head of Government (Saad Eddine El-Othmani).
Barlamane claimed that after the unidentified alleged victim filed a complaint against Bouachrine, she told the press that the detained journalist “was not the only one to attack her, but a minister of the current government had also raped her.”
In response to these allegations, the PJD secretariat said that the allegations made against one its ministers are proof of a “lack of ethics and professionalism” with the e-news outlet, which was the one to falsely report “these allegations.”
“We decided to file a complaint against the newsource,” concluded PJD.
Bouachrine will be presented before the court tomorrow, March 8th, for several charges, including “human trafficking, the exploitation of people in need, and the abuse of power for sexual purposes.”
Bouachrine is also accused of other crimes, including “violent rape and attempted rape. The communiqué added that there are nearly 50 tapes of sexual assault incidents recorded on a hard disk and a digital video recorder.