RABAT, 31 December 2020 – Security forces in Morocco have detained a prominent academic and human rights activist on suspicion of money laundering.

Maati Monjib, 60, who is a historian, was arrested in the company of an eyewitness in a restaurant in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Morocco: Rights Activists Detained

Three months ago, prosecutors in Rabat said they were investigating his alleged involvement in money laundering.

At the time and up to the moment of his arrest, Monjib has denied any wrongdoing, describing efforts to prosecute him as “politically motivated”.

He is one of a group of dissidents that have been detained in recent months in Morocco.

Monjib has posted repeatedly on his Facebook account that he was summoned several times by security forces to answer the same charges of alleged money laundering.

The judge who heard Monjib’s hearing ordered that he be kept behind bars until the investigation is over.

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