It is the second time in 2019 that judicial police summons journalist Omar Radi.
Rabat – Morocco’s National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) summoned journalist Omar Radi for a hearing on Thursday, December 26.
The journalist was brought before the King’s prosecutor at Casablanca’s court of first instance, but the reasons behind the summons remain unknown.
The journalist received an oral summons via telephone first, on Tuesday, December 24, before receiving another written letter from the BNPJ on Wednesday, December 25.
This is the second time this year that BNPJ has summoned Radi to the court. The first time dates back to April 19, when authorities investigated one of his social media posts.
The investigation concerned comments on the verdicts pronounced by judge Lahcen Tolfi in the Hirak Rif trial, explained Radi’s lawyer Said Benhammani to the press.
On April 5, the judge upheld the sentences of 53 members of Hirak Rif to prison.
Police interrogated Radi on a tweet where he criticized the judge and questioned his independence. The social media post was published on the night after the sentences were announced.
Radi is a freelance journalist and a human rights activist. He is a member of the association Attac Maroc, a human rights and social justice advocacy group.