Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- A statement from the General Directorate of National Security, well-known under its French acronym DGSN, denied the claims of various Moroccan news outlets, including those of Moroccan NGO Freedom now, who reported that around 15 undercover agents arrested Soulaimane Raissouni, the editor-in-chief of Moroccan paper Akhbar Al Yaoum.
DSGN said only 3 police officers arrested Raissouni, further noting that his arrest took place in full compliance with the rules and procedures.
Le360 is reporting that an arrest warrant was presented to Raissouni and he willingly signed the paper before he was detained.
Raissouni was arrested following a Moroccan gay accusing him of sexually abusing him.
Freedom Now said his arrest was politically motivated and that it “was expected given the daring op-ed critiques he writes.”
The Moroccan Times.