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Morocco detains rights activist for alleged money laundering

December 31, 2020 GMT
FILE - This Sept. 17, 2015 file picture shows Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib standing outside the local headquarters of a human rights group in Rabat, Morocco. Moroccan prosecutors have announced the arrest of the prominent academic on suspicion of money laundering. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm, File)
FILE - This Sept. 17, 2015 file picture shows Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib standing outside the local headquarters of a human rights group in Rabat, Morocco. Moroccan prosecutors have announced the arrest of the prominent academic on suspicion of money laundering. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm, File)

RABAT (AP) — Moroccan prosecutors have announced the arrest of a prominent academic on suspicion of money laundering.

Historian and human rights activist Maati Monjib joins a growing list of dissident voices detained in recent months. Before he was taken into custody, he had described the allegations as “politically motivated.”

The detention of the 60-year-old Monjib was confirmed in a statement Wednesday by the public prosecutor’s office.

He was picked up Tuesday at a restaurant in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, according to Abdellatif El Hamamouchi, a member of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights. He said on Facebook that he was with Monjib when the historian was detained.

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Rabat prosecutors said three months ago that they were investigating Monjib’s alleged involvement in money laundering. He has denied wrongdoing.