Morocco’s judges call for legal reform

By IndepthAfrica
In Morocco
May 8th, 2012
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Rabat – More than half of Morocco’s judges have signed a petition calling for judicial reform by making prosecutors independent of the executive branch.

The 1 800 members of Morocco’s judges’ club, a banned but tolerated association, signed a petition calling for the implementation of royal promises for judicial reform.

The club was formed in August and banned during a period of pro-democracy demonstrations across the country, which had demands including greater independence of the judiciary.

A new constitution promoted by the king includes elements of reform, but the judges claim they have yet to be implemented.

Salaries and positions for Morocco’s 3 000 judges are controlled by the executive branch through the Ministry of Justice.

- AP

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