“Pegasus”, Morocco begins procedures before the Spanish judiciary

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Morocco assigned a law firm to initiate legal proceedings before Spanish courts over the publication of allegations accusing it of espionage using the Israeli “Pegasus” program.

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On Saturday, the official Moroccan News Agency said that the kingdom, through the law firm Ernesto Diaz-Bastin y Abogados, will initiate legal procedures before Spanish courts.

Against the backdrop of the repeated publication and broadcasting on Spanish soil of false, malicious, and misleading slanders against the Kingdom.

The agency quoted a statement of the Spanish law firm assigned by Rabat.

It stated that “the Kingdom of Morocco has never obtained or used the program called Pegasus, and the recent information published on this subject is false and malicious.”

The statement did not specify the nature of the procedures or the parties that Morocco seeks to sue before the Spanish judiciary.

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Last Thursday, Morocco announced the prosecution of the publishing company of the German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

This is after similar lawsuits were filed on July 22 against Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories.

The two are behind the accusation of Rabat of hacking the phones of many national and foreign public figures through “Pegasus”.

The Moroccan authorities also filed a lawsuit against the newspaper “Le Monde”, “Mediapart” and “France Radio” in France on July 28, for defamation.

On July 14, the British newspaper “The Guardian” published the results of an investigation conducted by 17 media organizations that the “Pegasus” espionage program had spread widely around the world, and “was used for bad purposes.”

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In a statement at the time, the Moroccan government denied accusations of spying on the phones of public and foreign figures using the Israeli program.

Pegasus is used to eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, take pictures and record conversations after their phones are hacked.