On Monday, Abou and Moulghem sued Travel, which operates a hotel chain in Morocco, claiming they were “perceived to have committed an act of terrorism” when they allegedly “refused to leave the hotel.”
The lawsuit says that Travel officials failed to respond to requests for documents in March 2017 and January 2018.
Travel also denied that its officers had engaged in “conduct prejudicial to the national interest” when, in March, Aboudi allegedly attempted to leave a hotel in Morocco.
“The company was then required to leave,” the lawsuit states.
“They refused to do so.
In the absence of a valid reason for their refusal, they were subjected to harassment, threats, and other forms of harassment, which is a crime under Morocco’s Criminal Code.”
Abouds lawyers argued that the company was legally required to provide documentation to authorities, and that it “fraudulently represented that it had received information that it was not required to do.”
The complaint was filed in the northern province of Mafraq.
The suit was filed on behalf of the family of Mohammed Abou who, at the time of the incident, was living in the United Arab Emirates, according to the lawsuit.
The case is not the first time the family has brought legal action against a company.
In 2016, Abour, along with the other family members, filed a class action lawsuit against the Travel group, claiming that it failed to comply with an international law-enforcement agency’s request to provide them with documents.
A 2016 investigation by the New York Times revealed that Travel had not provided documents to the authorities in the Mafra region.
Abou’s parents and sisters had previously filed a lawsuit against Travel in 2016, accusing the company of violating the Moroccan Anti-Terrorism Act, according the Times.
“These actions are the result of a lack of due diligence, the failure to respond promptly, and negligence,” the family said in the lawsuit, which was signed by the elder Abou.
“This case is yet another reminder of the need for companies to ensure that they comply with relevant international law.”