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Abdellatif Hammouchi: Morocco's spy chief at the heart of the Pegasus affair

International — Analysis

The Pegasus scandal has helped throw a spotlight on the repressive regime in Morocco, which is accused of using the Israeli-made spyware to target the phones of thousands of people, including politicians and journalists in France. In particular it has focused attention on the North African kingdom's top cop and spy chief Abdellatif Hammouchi and his role in the affair. As Mediapart reports, this key figure in the Moroccan state apparatus is feared in many Western capitals, including Paris.

Pegasus Affair: Morocco sues Amnesty and Forbidden Stories for defamation

France — Link

The legal action follows revelations that its intelligence services used the Pegasus mobile phone spyware against dozens of French journalists. 

Rights groups take French racial profiling case to top court

France — Link

The groups have filed a class action lawsuit against the French state to fix what they contend is a culture of systemic discrimination in identity checks by police. 

How France's shameful deportations help Ramzan Kadyrov's brutal Chechen regime

France — Opinion

In recent months France's interior minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered the expulsion of around a dozen Chechens from the country. This does not just trample over fundamental rights of asylum and the country's commitments under European treaties, says Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet in this op-ed article. He argues it also means that France is effectively collaborating with Chechen's notorious leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of overseeing the murder and torture of his opponents.

Human rights groups seek injunction to stop delivery of French boats to Libya


Eight human rights and refugee associations have joined together to take legal action over France's decision to give a number of fast boats to the Libyan navy. At the launch of their legal process on Thursday April 25th, the groups said France's actions would “contribute to blatant violations” of migrants' fundamental rights. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

Pensioner goes on trial in France for helping migrants

France — Link

Martine Landy is charged with aiding two underage Africans to illegally enter France, in latest case involving activists assisting migrants.

Amnesty International head urges France to stick to its values

International — Link

Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty, presenting the NGO's yearly report, has called on France to resist 'all that hateful rhetoric against Muslims and migrants' in the current presidential election campaign, urging that citizens 'stay true' to the 'values of human rights' on which he said the country's republic was founded.