September 15, 2017
Human rights defender and lawyer Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui has been summoned for interrogation by Moroccan authorities. He will have to appear on 18 September 2017 at 10.00 am at Tétouan police station.
Abdessadeq El Bouchtaoui was summoned on 7 September 2017. He was told that he was being investigated in relation to his legal representation of Al-Hoceima activists. The human rights defender was previously interrogated on 11 August 2017 at Tétouan police station. He had received summons on 9 August during a court hearing visit with family members to request the retrieval of the body of Emad El-Attabi.
His summons and questioning follows his criticism on Facebook of the repression of Al-Hoceima protests, which were held in response to a speech in which King Mohammed VI described those criticizing government development policies and protesters as “collaborating against the homeland”. The King responded to the protests stating that law enforcement agents were “showing restraint and commitment to the rule of law as they maintained security and stability.”