The lawyer presented documents backing up Raissouni’s claim that she was not pregnant when she visited her doctor.
Rabat – A lawyer representing Dr. Mohamed Jamal Belkeziz, on trial for carrying out an illegal abortion on Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni, has presented evidence in support of her client’s claim that he did not perform the abortion.
The lawyer, Myriam Moulay Rachid, presented the documents during the last hearing of the case on Monday, September 22, at the Court of First Instance in Rabat.
In her oral argument, the lawyer drew attention to the medical examination performed on Raissouni at Ibn Sina Hospital at the request of the judicial police. She claimed that at the time of examination, the blood test on Raissouni showed a level of 13,585.9 milli-international units per milliliter (mIU-mL) for the hormone Beta HCG.
The lawyer judged the HCG level as an “unavoidable proof that acquits all the alleged culprits of abortion in this case.”
Moulay Rachid presented documents published from WHO which state that the HCG level should be between 30,000 and 160,000 mIU-mL during the 8th week of pregnancy. The prosecution claims Raissouni was 7 weeks pregnant when she underwent an abortion.
According to the lawyer, the evidence is proof that “Raissouni was not pregnant when she visited the doctor, and therefore the latter did not perform the abortion.”
Raissouni told police that she visited the doctor because she had “severe abdominal pain and bleeding that the doctor had to stop.”
Moroccan public prosecutors charged Raissouni, her fiance, Belkeziz, and a medical team for being involved in an illegal abortion.
After the arrest of the doctor, around 2,000 doctors signed a petition expressing solidarity with their colleague “who enjoys an honorable reputation, exemplary morality, and respects the code of ethics in the practice of his profession.”