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ITF Protests At Bail Refusal

10 September 2012

ITF Protests At Bail Refusal

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has reacted angrily to the refusal today of the court in Rabat, Morocco, to grant bail to union leader Said Elhairech, who has been held in jail for over two months on what it describes as trumped up charges.

Said Elhairech, who is general secretary of the ITF-affiliated Moroccan Ports Union, part of the UMT (Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports), and chair of the ITF Arab World regional committee, was arrested on 16 June on logic defying charges of ‘sabotage and endangering national security’. He is being held in Rabat’s Sale prison. He has consistently rejected the accusations and is backed by the ITF, which believes that he has been wholly wrongly charged following his very effective work on behalf of ships’ crews stranded by the cessation of operations of the Comarit-Comanav ferry company, which he undertook at the ITF’s request. The ITF unequivocally supports Said in his fight for justice, and has mobilised international solidarity for him; taken its concerns to the Moroccan authorities, government and embassies worldwide; provided testimony and witnesses; and employed a lawyer to defend Said.

Bilal Malkawi, ITF Arab World regional secretary, said: “The refusal of bail is inexplicable. It marks a further low point for a justice system that seems happy to see an unjustifiable and pointless case drag on and on.”

He continued: “Once again we promise Said our continuing and overwhelming support. Everything that can be done to free him either has been done or soon will be. If Said does not get the justice he deserves then a further storm of protest and support will be unleashed.”

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10 septembre 2012
Indignation de l’ITF Après Le Refus De Liberté Sous Caution
L’ITF (Fédération internationale des ouvriers du transport) a réagi avec colère au refus de liberté sous cautionsignifié aujourd’hui par un tribunal de Rabat, au Maroc, à Saïd Elhairech, responsable syndical incarcéré depuis plus de deux mois pour des accusations qu’elle juge montées de toutes pièces.

Saïd Elhairech, Secrétaire général de l’affilié de l’ITF Syndicat national des dockers professionnels et assimilés des ports du Maroc, qui fait partie de l'UMT (Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports), et Président du Comité régional Monde arabe de l’ITF, a été arrêté le 16 juin pour d’abracadabrantes accusations de « sabotage et d’atteinte à la sûreté de l’État ». Il est incarcéré à la prison de Salé, près de Rabat. Il clame son innocence, et est soutenu par l’ITF, qui estime qu’il est accusé à tort suite à l’excellent travail qu’il a accompli à sa demande pour aider les équipages abandonnés après la cessation d’activités de la société de ferries Comarit-Comanav. L’ITF soutient sans réserve le combat de Saïd pour que justice soit faite, et a mobilisé pour lui un mouvement desolidarité internationale ; a plaidé sa cause auprès des autorités marocaines et des gouvernements et ambassades du monde entier ; a fourni des dépositions et témoins ; et a fait appel à un avocat pour le défendre.

Bilal Malkawi, Secrétaire régional de l’ITF dans le Monde arabe, a déclaré : « Ce refus de libération sous caution est inexplicable. C’est un mauvais point de plus pour un système judiciaire qui ne semble guère s’émouvoir de laisser s’éterniser une affaire invraisemblable et injustifiable. »

Et de poursuivre : « Nous promettons une nouvelle fois à Saïd de continuer à le soutenir de toutes nos forces. Toutes les démarches possibles permettant d’intercéder en faveur de sa libération ont été prises ou le seront prochainement. Si Saïd n’obtient pas justice comme il le mérite, une nouvelle vague de protestations et de soutiens sera mobilisée. »

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