Moroccan judges fight for independence

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Judges protest for their independence

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Morocco‘s judges wore red armbands on Tuesday in a symbolic week-long protest calling for greater judicial independence.

The Judges’ Club – a banned but tolerated association that includes more than half of the country’s nearly 3,000 judges – said they were protesting over the failure of the US-backed government to deliver on constitutional reform.

Morocco’s courts have long been under the thumb of the king and his justice ministry, which determines judges’ salaries and appointments.

Following mass protests, the 2011 constitution gave the judiciary a status on a par with the executive and legislative branches of government and greater independence from the Justice Ministry.

But judges complain the changes haven’t been implemented.

The king nominated a 40-person commission on May 8 to begin a dialogue on bringing in the reforms.

The commission excludes any members of Judges’ Club.

3 thoughts on “Moroccan judges fight for independence

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    MOROCCO: An Algerian man died in a Rabat jail last Thursday after a 60-day hunger strike against torture and dire conditions, campaigners said on Sunday.

    Ahmed Ben Miloud was one of nearly 160 Islamist prisoners refusing food in jails across the US-backed monarchy.

    He was jailed in December for using a gun in an Algerian consulate in the Moroccan border town of Oujda.


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