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CWAG: Moroccan Public Prosecution's Prerogatives Showcased

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CWAG: Moroccan Public Prosecution's Prerogatives Showcased

Public prosecutor at the court of cassation, president of public prosecution department Mohamed Abdennabaoui showcased, on Wednesday in Santa Barbara, the prerogatives of his department which is part of Morocco's legal authority.

In a speech at the yearly Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), held on June 17-20 in California, Abdennabaoui said that the Moroccan public prosecution department, established since 1913, was placed under the justice minister's authority, who could give written instructions to its members, adding that the public prosecution department has become independent since Oct. 7, 2017 and was endowed with a presidency.

The authority was, since then, handed to the public prosecutor at the court of cassation in his capacity as president of the public prosecution department, he said, noting that the appointment, promotion, transfer and penalties against public prosecutors were entrusted to the higher judiciary council.

Unlike judges, the magistrates of the public prosecution department are under a hierarchical presidential authority with the Public prosecutor at the court of cassation on its top, he said.

He underlined that, only 2 years after its setting up, the Moroccan public prosecution department joined the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), became vice-president of the Africa Prosecutors Association (APA), and member of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE).

Referring to the powers conferred on the public prosecution department under the law, Abdennabaoui noted that they are broad and include the supervision of investigations conducted by the judicial police and the prosecution of all crimes.

The magistrates of the public prosecution department have the power to put suspects in custody or in remand, to launch public prosecutions to bring the accused to court, to play a role in civil or commercial proceedings and to attend hearings in family-related jurisdictions, he said.

MAP 19 June 2019