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Morocco's justice minister outlines ambitious program to reform corrupt judiciary

Morocco's government has unveiled an ambitious plan to reform the country's justice system as part of a long-stated priority of the Islamist-led government.

The judicial system has been a major sore point for Moroccans because of executive interference in political cases, bribing of judges, enormous backlogs and arbitrary verdicts.

King Mohammed VI announced a plan to reform the sector in 2009 but there was little progress. When the Islamist Justice and Development Party came to power in 2012, it made the reform its own priority.

The plan revealed Thursday night comes is a product of over a year of discussions and calls for measures to bring the penal code in line with the new constitution and international treaties as well as measures to oversee and sanction judges to prevent corruption.