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Hirak trial: Confirmation of judgments delivered

The Criminal Chamber (2nd degree) of the Casablanca Court of Appeal confirmed, late Friday night, the judgments pronounced in first instance against the accused in the events of Al Hoceima. Sentences ranging from 20 years in prison to one year suspended sentence were passed on 26 June by the Criminal Chamber (1st degree) of the same court. For example, one accused was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, while 12 defendants were sentenced to 2 years in prison and seven others to 3 years in prison.

Seven people involved in these events were sentenced to five years in prison, while six others were sentenced to 10 years in prison. The court also sentenced 15 defendants to jail for 15 years and sentenced another 4 to 20 years in prison. The accused were prosecuted, each in his own right, on several charges, including “undermining the internal security of the State”, “attempts at sabotage, murder and plunder”, “receipt of funds, donations and other material means to carry out and finance a propaganda activity capable of attacking the unity and sovereignty of the Kingdom”.

They were also accused of “undermining the loyalty of citizens to the Moroccan state and national institutions”, “participation in the organization of an unauthorized demonstration” and “holding public gatherings without authorization”.

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