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Prison authorities put several Hirak detainees in solitary confinement amid Zefzafi's leaked audio

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Hirak detainee Nasser Zefzafi. / Ph. DR

Morocco prison authorities said, Monday, that several Hirak detainees have been put in solitary confinement. The detainees, including Hirak leading figure Nasser Zefzafi, will be banned from family visits and phones for 45 days as part of a disciplinary measure.

This decision came after an audio of Nasser Zefzafi was leaked to social media last week. In this audio recording Zefzafi addressed the desecration of the national flag in Paris, the Hirak movement and alleged reports on torture and rape.

Shortly after the emergence of this audio, prison authorities said in a communiqué, Friday, that «an administrative inquiry» has been launched to «investigate the recording attributed» to Nasser Zefzafi.

«The investigation will determine responsibility at the administration of the penal institution and among its officials and take the necessary measures against anyone who has failed in his professional duty, as provided by law, as well as against the concerned detainee», said the General Delegation of Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR).

«An initial investigation showed that the concerned prisoner had pretended to speak with his relatives to preserve family ties», the same source revealed, adding that «the concerned prisoner as well as others refused to comply with officers’ orders to go to their prison cells and assaulted some officials».

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