Moroccan ex-minister facing trial for adultery
Mohamed Ziane said he will go on trial December 9, more than a year after he accused the kingdom's security services of "faking" a video purporting to show him in a compromising situation with a married woman in a hotel room.
The video caused a scandal online in November 2020, but Ziane accused the head of the police and Morocco's domestic security forces, Abdelatif Hammouchi, of faking the footage.
The interior ministry in January filed a complaint accusing him of "disseminating false accusations and allegations, punishable under the Criminal Code".
The 78-year-old, who is not in detention, told AFP he faces a total of 11 charges including "contempt of public officials and the judiciary", defamation, adultery and sexual harassment.
Ziane was a prominent government lawyer in the early 1990s and human rights minister between 1995 and 1996.
But in recent years he has become a prominent critic of authorities, particularly the security services.