European Court of Justice: Spanish Newspaper Allowed to Link Moroccan Royal Family to Drugs Trafficking

king-of-moroccoIn 1995 the Spanish newspaper Diario 16 reported on the discovery of almost 5000 kilos of hashish in the false bottom of a lorry of the “Domaines Royaux” company, which belongs to the Moroccan Royal Family. The headline read “A family company belonging to Hassan II implicated in drug trafficking.” In Spain, all courts up to the Constitutional Court ruled that this was an illegal interference with the “droit fondamental au respect de l’honneur” of the King of Morocco. The newspaper was sentenced to pay compensation not only because …read more