Ain Aouda secret prison

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Ain Aouda
LocationNatural reserve near Ain Aouda
Coordinates33°46′08″N 6°45′54″W / 33.768842°N 6.765084°W / 33.768842; -6.765084Coordinates: 33°46′08″N 6°45′54″W / 33.768842°N 6.765084°W / 33.768842; -6.765084
Managed byAbdellatif Hamouchi, Director of the Directorate for the Surveillance of the Territory

Ain Aouda secret prison is a suspected black site, torture and detention centre operated by the Directorate for the Surveillance of the Territory (Direction de la surveillance du territoire, DST), the Moroccan domestic intelligence agency implicated in past and ongoing human rights violations.[1][2][3][4]

During the Arab Spring protests, the inmates of the Temara interrogation centre were transferred to Ain Aouda.[4] The United States reportedly paid the Moroccan state $20 million for the building of the prison.[5]

It is rumoured that it is located inside a bushy natural reserve of the Alaouite royal family, close to a ranch of late prince Moulay Abdallah. The suspected location is inaccessible by road, and can only be penetrated by passing on the royal residence which is guarded by the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie.[6]

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  1. ^ "Document - Morocco: Continuing abuses against individuals suspected of terrorism-related activities in Morocco". 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Globalizing torture CIA Secret Detention and extraordinary rendition" (PDF). Open Society. p. 99. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ "United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" (PDF). p. 7. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Amine Bouderaâ (27 October 2012). "Les Russes dénoncent la présence d'une prison secrète américaine au Maroc". DemainOnline. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ Adam Goldman (23 January 2014). "The hidden history of the CIA's prison in Poland". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  6. ^ "المغرب - السجن السري عين عودة". Mouvement des Republicains Marocains. Retrieved 29 January 2014.

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