HRW calls for judicial reform in Morocco Addison Morris at 1:02 PM ET
[JURIST] Moroccan courts are relying too heavily on coerced confessions and delaying trial proceedings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday, calling for reform of the country's judicial system. The 131-page report, entitled "Just Sign Here: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco," examines numerous cases in which the judicial system violated due process by allowing confessions into evidence amid defendants' claims that such confessions were obtained through police abuse. Additionally, the report discusses the lengthy delays in the justice system, with some individuals waiting years in pre-trial detention for their cases to be heard. The report urges Morocco to "diligently examine any claims made by defendants that the police obtained their self-incriminating statements by force or coercion" and to "end the practice of unduly prolonged pretrial detention of defendants and conduct trials with reasonable promptness."
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