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French journalists in court over alleged blackmail of Moroccan king

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King Mohammed VI of Moroccan

Two French journalists have gone on trial in France on charges of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco – allegedly demanding money to hush purportedly damaging revelations about him. Eric Laurent, 75, and Catherine Graciet, 48, are accused of demanding €2million in 2015 in exchange for halting the publication of a book about the Moroccan royal family.

Both writers, who face up to five years in jail and €75,000 in fines if found guilty, have denied any wrongdoing and say it was a lawyer representing the Moroccan royal family who first offered them the money.

In court on Monday Laurent admitted to an “ethical error“, a “disaster” in having accepted to “let myself be caught up in this affair”, but denied having committed “any criminal offence”.

Co-author Graciet said that the Moroccan envoy “seduced me with his financial offer, I took the plunge and I regret it”.

Credit: rfi

 

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