It has been reported that the Moroccan administration will apply to the Spanish courts on the accusation that Rabat, in the Spanish media, used Pegasus software produced by the Israel-based NSO Group.
According to a news article in the Moroccan official agency MAP, the Rabat administration took action against the allegations that Morocco used Pegasus against Spain.
It was reported that the Rabat administration, which denied these accusations, commissioned a law firm in Spain to initiate legal proceedings to apply to the country’s courts due to these allegations.
While it was stated that a lawsuit would be filed against those who made the accusations, no clear information was given about the person or institutions to be sued.
It was announced that the Moroccan administration had previously filed a lawsuit against the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung for the accusation of using the Pegasus spyware.
In some news of the newspaper, it was claimed that the Moroccan administration also used Pegasus software and that the mobile phones of some names, including politicians and journalists, were tapped for spying purposes.
It was announced that Morocco flatly denied the accusations and did not use the software and that the Moroccan Ambassador to Germany, Zohour Alaoui, filed a lawsuit against the German newspaper which made the allegations.
In the research conducted by 17 media organizations and in cooperation with Amnesty International and the international journalists’ consortium Forbidden Stories, it was claimed that Pegasus, belonging to the Israel-based NSO Group, was used for widespread and malicious purposes globally.
It was argued that the governments of at least 10 countries from Africa to Europe were customers of the NSO Group and that the spyware was sold to governments to target activists, journalists, lawyers, and politicians.
Allegedly, more than 50,000 phone numbers worldwide were monitored by the spyware.
NSO Group, on the other hand, denies all accusations, claiming that it “provides technology services to countries or law enforcement agencies to help them fight terrorism and serious crime.”