New sexual harassment complaint against French businessman in Morocco

A new sexual harassment complaint has been filed in Morocco against French businessman Jacques Pettier and his aides, and a third suspect in France has been taken into custody, prosecutors said.

“A total of seven complaints have been filed against Jacques Poitiers and his accomplices,” Abdelfattah Zahresh told AFP during a press conference in Tangier. complaint to the court.” filed a complaint.”

On 6 July, five associates of Poitiers were arrested following complaints from former affiliates of the Assu 2000, renamed Vivaldi, group in Tangier, and a sixth accused was released.

Prosecutors said they were charged with, among other things, “trafficking in human beings”, “sexual harassment”, “lewd acts” and “verbal and moral abuse”.

These facts happened between 2018 and April 2022 in the Moroccan branches of the brokerage giant in France.

“A seventh suspect, a French national, has been taken into police custody … and will be brought before the Crown Prosecutor,” said Aisha El-Kala, a lawyer and president of the Moroccan Victims’ Rights Association, which organized the press conference. conference.

“Jacques Poitiers and his accomplices are in fact an organized crime group,” she added, stressing that the ongoing investigation will identify other victims and accomplices.

Several complainants reported systematic sexual harassment, threats and intimidation in a French company in Tangier.

During the press conference, the young women, who spoke on condition of anonymity and protected by sunglasses, denounced the “media and social media intimidation campaign” by the “Al-Bouti clan”.

One of them said: “The nightmare continues. We were threatened, insulted and tried to bribe, but to no avail!”

In May, the French judiciary decided to prosecute 75-year-old Jacques Poitier in a case of human trafficking and rape of a minor after a five-person complaint was opened in a preliminary investigation.

He is also under investigation on charges of creating a criminal group, kidnapping, detaining and possessing sexual images of minors, and since the end of May, a decision was made to arrest him.

Source: AFP.

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