A Kuwaiti man escaped from Morocco after being accused of raping a minor

Morocco - Marrakesh: A Kuwaiti expatriate managed to escape from the Kingdom of Morocco, despite being prevented from traveling, as he was accused of raping a minor girl, which caused resentment and anger.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded that he be returned to be tried in the kingdom, and said that he managed to escape, taking advantage of a judicial decision on parole.

The association said in a statement that it was surprised by the announcement of the judge who handles the file in a Marrakech court that the accused (24 years) left the Moroccan soil, hours after the release of the temporary, despite the written guarantees provided by the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to the Moroccan judiciary.

The arrest of the accused took place in mid-December 2019 in Marrakesh, and he was prosecuted for defamation, rape, sexual exploitation and filming a minor, but the court decided to conditionally release him on January 28, 2020, despite the Public Prosecutor's appeal and the closure of the border in his face two days later, according to the association.

The association, which is a civilian party to the trial, noted “bargaining and extortion that led to the victim’s family’s relinquishment” of the prosecution of the accused, “which raises the need to deepen research and investigate the possibility of a human trafficking network.”

Moroccan human rights associations have called on several occasions for increased penalties for sexual assault crimes against minors, condemning the issuance of reduced sentences in similar cases, some of which sparked media follow-up.

A royal pardon by mistake in favor of the Spanish Daniel Galvan, convicted of 30 years in prison for raping 11 minors in Morocco, had caused uproar and demonstrations in Rabat and Casablanca.

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