Morocco: Archaic sentencing

Legal contradictions and endless isolation

Morocco has just celebrated 30 years of its death penalty moratorium, yet its courts continue to hand down death penalties. Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), along with its partners, published a report on its new fact-finding mission in Moroccan prisons. It shines a light on the detention conditions of prisoners with death sentences and calls for the abolition of this archaic sentence from Morocco’s legal arsenal.

Carole Berrih (a researcher, legal expert in public law and director of Synergies Coopération), Abderrahim Jamaï (a criminal lawyer and secretary general of the Moroccan Observatory of Prisons) and Julia Bourbon Fernandez (head of ECPM’s Middle East and North Africa desk) took part in this fact-finding mission. Prison Insider asked them three questions.

One can see that the death penalty is being used to garner public support.

This classification has grave consequences, especially in terms of reduced contact with the outside, particularly with loved ones.

The real suffering of people sentenced to death is caused by the lack of connection with others, with the outside, and with family.