We, Ingrid METTON and Olfa OULED, lawyers at the Paris bar association, express our deepest indignation at the new infringement of our profession and the obstruction of the exercise of the rights of the defense.
As advocates for the protection of Saharawi prisoners, we traveled to Morocco to visit our clients on their cassation appeal after their conviction by the Rabat Court of Appeal on July 19, 2017.
Yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, we were approached on the descent of our plane in Casablanca at 20h40. Our passports were confiscated. We were detained without cause, justification and without notice until 2pm the following day before we were expelled from the territory.
For more than 18 hours, we were placed under police escort in the international zone of Casablanca airport and left without information.