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Said Elhairech case - press conference tomorrow in Casablanca
21 September 2012
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the UMT (Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports) will hold a press conference tomorrow (Saturday) in Casablanca, Morocco to examine the case of unjustly detained union leader Said Elhairech. All press are invited to attend. The press conference will be held at 11.00 in Room FES 1, The Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers, 100 Avenue des F.A.R, 20000 Casablanca (www.sheratoncasablanca.com).
Speakers are expected to include David Cockroft, ITF general secretary, and Ibrahim Qarfa, UMT general secretary. They will be supported by 121 ITF inspectors, who are holding the organisation’s worldwide inspectors’ seminar in the city, ahead of a major maritime union event next week. Both events are allowing the ITF to defend Said in his home country and assert his innocence to the Moroccan authorities.
Said Elhairech, who is general secretary of the ITF-affiliated Moroccan Ports Union, part of the UMT, and chair of the ITF Arab World regional committee, was arrested on 16 June on logic defying charges of ‘sabotage and endangering national security’. He is being held in Rabat’s Sale prison. He has consistently rejected the accusations and is backed by the ITF, which believes that he has been wholly wrongly charged following his very effective work on behalf of ships’ crews stranded by the cessation of operations of the Comarit-Comanav ferry company, which he undertook at the ITF’s request. The ITF unequivocally supports Said in his fight for justice, and has mobilised international solidarity for him; taken its concerns to the Moroccan authorities, government and embassies worldwide; provided testimony and witnesses; and employed a lawyer to defend Said.
For more details please see www.itfglobal.org/solidarity/Said-Elhairech.cfm
For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson.
Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260.
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ITF House, 49 - 60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DS
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7403 2733
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