Pegasus: Morocco attacks Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International in Paris

A woman visits the Israel-made Pegasus spyware website on July 21, 2021. Mario GOLDMAN AFP

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Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, the two organizations behind the revelations about the clients of the Pegasus spyware, designed by the Israeli company NSO, are being sued for defamation in Paris, the attorney of the kingdom of Morocco, Me. Olivier Baratelli, this Thursday, July 22, 2021.


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The kingdom of Morocco and its ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, have mandated Mr. Olivier Baratelli to issue, as of today, two direct citations in defamation

 " against these two organizations, according to a statement sent to AFP by Mr. Baratelli.

In this document, the lawyer underlines that " 

the Moroccan state intends immediately to seize the French justice because it wants all the light to be shed on the false allegations of these two organizations which put forward elements without the slightest concrete and demonstrated proof 


He denounces a "

trial of media intent, unfounded, and visibly created from scratch to destabilize the deep diplomatic relationship between Morocco and France


Judicial investigation in Morocco

Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International obtained a list of 50,000 telephone numbers selected by customers of an Israeli company (NSO), to be potentially spied on by spyware, Pegasus. This list was shared with a consortium of journalists this Sunday, July 18. The day after these revelations, Morocco,

clearly identified as one of these clients

, had categorically denied having acquired "

 computer software to infiltrate communication devices."


A first procedural hearing is expected to be held on October 8, but the trial is not expected to take place for at least two years.

If the citations are filed in Paris, the Moroccan public prosecutor's office has nevertheless announced the opening of a judicial investigation in Morocco, " 

on these false allegations and accusations 


► To read also: Pegasus: in France, the Paris prosecutor announces opening an investigation into espionage for the benefit of Morocco


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