ACTION ALERT: Urgent appeal to secure the release of Mohamed Hajib

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Act now to help secure the release of an innocent prisoner held without charge in Morrocco

Mohamed Hajib is a German citizen held in Morocco illegally since 2010. Last year, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanded his immediate release as well as financial compensation since his conviction was only based on torture evidence. Over a year later, the Moroccan authorities have still not given justice to Mohammed Hajib who has started a hunger strike since 26 August 2013.

Mohamed Hajib is of Moroccan descent. He is married and a father of three. In 2009, he travelled to Pakistan with Tablighi Jamaat, a well-known peaceful Islamic missionary organisation.

Arrest

Heading back to Germany, he was arrested on 1 October 2009 in a bus near the Iranian border by the army. He was first held in Quetta and then taken to Islamabad by Pakistani intelligence. No charge was brought against him and he was released on 17 February 2010 since he had committed no crime. He then returned freely to Germany.

German intelligence

At the airport, he was approached by two German intelligence officers (one of them introduced himself as Ramzy) who strongly advised him to fly directly to Morocco instead of returning to his German home town first. Kidnapping and torture in Morocco

After taking their ‘advice’, as soon as his plane landed in Morocco, he was kidnapped by five men and taken to El Maarif Police Station where he was severely tortured. After two weeks of abuse, he was forced to sign a confession which he was not even allowed to read.

He then received a 10-year sentence for fighting against the American and Pakistani armies in Afghanistan even though no material evidence was produced. His sentence was then reduced to 5 years on appeal.

Proof of innocence

Hajib has accused the German authorities of having withheld a document issued by the Pakistani authorities, clearing him of any criminal involvement, let alone terrorist activities.

Last year, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanded his immediate release as well as financial compensation since his conviction was only based on torture evidence.

Detainees’ rights advocate

Mohamed Hajib has become an icon among Moroccan detainees after he managed to climb on the walls of Sale prison in Rabat and shout, complaining about the unbearable conditions of detention. He also managed to smuggle out several videos in which he highlighted the ongoing torture taking place in Moroccan prisons.

In retaliation, he was further tortured by the Moroccan authorities.

Condition

Mohamed Hajib remains incarcerated in Tiflet prison (Morocco). He has started a hunger strike to force the Moroccan authorities to comply with the UN decision.

CagePrisoners urges all its followers to contact the Moroccan authorities to demand the immediate release of Mr Hajib.

You can use the template letter below:

Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui

Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to The Court of Saint James’s

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

49 Queen’s Gate Gardens SW7 5NE London

Dear Ambassador,

RE: Mohamed Hajib

I am writing to you regarding the case of Mohamed Hajib, a German-Moroccan currently detained in Tiflet prison (Morocco).

I understand that on 31 August 2012, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanded the immediate release of Mr Hajib. However, I was informed that Mr Hajib has started a hunger strike on 26 August 2013, since he is still detained.

In the case of Mr Hajib, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention observed that torture allegations were confirmed in German consular reports. Similarly, the Working Group noted that the Government of Morocco did not prove that an independent and transparent investigation on these allegations had been conducted.

Moreover, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention recalled that Mr Hajib’s confessions were obtained without the presence of a lawyer while no material evidence had been presented during his trial to support the allegations against him.

As a result, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention concluded that Mr Hajib’s detention was arbitrary and violated articles 5,9,10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as articles 7,9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

I echo the recommendations of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention and respectfully request you to transmit to your government my call for the immediate release of Mr Hajib currently detained at Tiflet prison.

Additionally, I urge the Moroccan authorities to provide Mr Hajib with suitable compensation.

I recommend that similar considerations are given to other Moroccan detainees who have alleged similar treatment.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Respectfully,

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