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Morocco Official Confirms Importance of Judiciary’s Independence

Morocco Official Confirms Importance of Judiciary’s Independence

Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 10:30
Men, accused in the killing of a Danish and Norwegian hikers in the Atlas mountains near Marrakech, are seen inside a car after leaving the courtroom in Sale, near Rabat, Morocco, July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
Casablanca - Lahcen Mokena

Morocco’s first president of the Court of Cassation, deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) Mustapha Fares said that the independence of the judiciary has served as a pillar for guaranteeing rights, safeguarding freedoms, responding to grievances, fighting corruption and achieving judicial security.

He added that the independence has contributed to building a new Morocco.

In an official session held in Rabat, Fares reviewed the results of the first two years of public prosecution being independent of the country’s justice ministry.

In 2017, Morocco transferred the office of the public prosecution from the ministry, part of the executive branch, to the Court of Cassation, part of the judicial branch.

On the other hand, Fares called on judges across the Kingdom to “safeguard the sanctity of the courts and the prestige of those working in them, through upholding commitment to moral values and legal duties.”

“The CSPJ will support combating all forms of corruption, imbalances and improprieties,” he added.

Fares also called on the judiciary to ensure that courts are effective models of judicial administration and spaces that produce rapid and advanced justice, pointing out that “there is no room for leniency with brokers who trade the problems and concerns of citizens for personal gains.”

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