Morocco: Ensure fair appeal trial to journalist Omar Radi

Omar Radi, an investigative journalist, was sentenced on 19 July to six years in jail for charges of rape and espionage, in a trial marred by violations of his fair trial rights. The court did not allow his defence to cross examine a key prosecution witness and discarded key defence witnesses and evidence. The verdict, which Amnesty International reviewed, shows a lack of impartiality in the judge’s reasoning, who relied on speculative and biased arguments to convict him. For his ongoing appeal trial, authorities should grant Radi a fair trial in accordance with international law.

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