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Fight against cybercrime: Morocco among the leading countries

The accession of Morocco to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime has placed the Kingdom among the leading countries in modern legislation, while allowing it to have a mechanism developed to deal with crimes committed via computer systems, said Monday in Marrakesh, the Prosecutor General of the King at the Court of Cassation, President of the Public Prosecutor, Mohamed Abdennabaoui.

The accession of Morocco to this process has also allowed it to take advantage of the legal means that this Convention aims to achieve and which consist mainly of the harmonization of the National Penal Code with its provisions and the establishment of a rapid and effective regime of international cooperation, said Abdennabaoui in a speech at the opening of a study day, initiated by the Presidency of the Public Ministry on “measures of international cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime”.

The Moroccan legislator has become aware of the danger posed by cybercrime since the beginning of the second millennium and devoted, for example, a chapter to automated data processing systems since 2003, he reminded, pointing out that the accelerated development of cybercrime technologies information has led to an increase in their use in many different crimes.

Morocco has joined the global dynamic to ensure cybersecurity and the protection of automated data processing systems, in accordance with the High Orientations of HM King Mohammed VI, said Abdennabaoui, noting that the Kingdom has put in place a “Maroc Numeric” strategy, which provided the means to develop the Kingdom’s digital economy and to facilitate people’s access to information technologies, in addition to setting up a modern and efficient institutional and legal framework to fight against cybercrime.

For his part, the head of the Council of Europe’s office in Morocco, José Luis Herrero, said that cybercrime is a new subject compared to “traditional and serious” illegal act, whose treatment requires international cooperation.

After giving an overview of the Council of Europe’s mission and the issues it addresses, Herrero also focused on the cooperation between this institution and Morocco in the different fields, noting that the two sides are linked through a partnership that dates back to 2011.

This day of study, which was attended by judges, judicial police officers and experts from Morocco and abroad, aims in particular to examine the means and opportunities offered by the Budapest Convention in international cooperation in its security and judicial aspects, in addition to the identification of legal issues and the manifestations of the legislative vacuum that require the intervention of the legislator to complete and modify the national provisions on criminalization and criminal procedures.

During this meeting, participants addressed topics related to “Cybercrime Mechanisms in Accordance with the Provisions of the Budapest Convention and National Legislation”, “International Judicial Cooperation in Accordance with the Provisions of the Convention of Budapest on cybercrime” and “the seizure and freezing of computer data pursuant to the 24/7 mechanism of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime”.

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