The prison administration condemned the use, by families of some Hirak prisoners and other parties, of social media to accuse prisons of violating detainees’ rights.
Rabat – Responding to the allegations of family members of some imprisoned activists posted on some websites and social media, the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) has asserted that the behavior of some prisoners in the Ras El Maa prison in Fez was contrary to the regulations in force.
According to a DGAPR corrective received by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the prisoners allowed three fellow inmates to benefit from vouchers at the grocery store.
Exchanging vouchers is not permissible under the regulations of the management of canteens and stores inside prisons. The DGAPR explained that these vouchers are usable only by each specific inmate. Prisoners are not allowed to give them to other inmates.
The DGAPR corrective comes in response to accusations made by the father of the prisoner Nasser Zefzafi on social networks.
On Nasser Zefzafi’s Facebook page, which his family manages, a post reads: “Yesterday, we were surprised by the arrival of an intelligence agent from the DGAPR, Suhail al-Taibi, in order to search and question in a dispassionate and detective way about the way in which the detainees of Ras al-Maa prison receive family allowance.”
The DGAPR also considered as unfounded the allegations of ill-treatment and torture spread on social networks by the brother of a prisoner identified as MI, who is imprisoned in the Sale II local prison after his participation in the Hirak Rif movement.
The general delegation stressed that it constantly guarantees that its employees properly treat the prisoners and enable them to enjoy all their rights in accordance with the law. It also emphasized that it tries to take disciplinary measures against any employee suspected of violating the guidelines.
Concerning accusations that the DGAPR did not allow a prisoner identified as AY, imprisoned in Tangier, to attend the funeral of his father, the DGAPR explained that the prisoner had requested an exit authorization but reconsidered his decision at the last moment after a phone call with his family.
The delegation pointed out that authorizations to attend funerals of relatives are a normal administrative procedure granted to all prisoners, without exception.
The DGAPR denounced the spread of false allegations through social networks and said that it will deal firmly with all those who try to interfere with the normal running of the penitentiaries in order to serve their own agenda.