Rabat - The Marrakech Court of First Instance has sentenced four young men to two-month suspended prison term for eating in the day during the holy month of Ramadan.
Rabat – The Marrakech Court of First Instance has sentenced four young men to two-month suspended prison term for eating in the day during the holy month of Ramadan.
The four men were arrested last week in the Marrakech iconic square of Jamaa El Fna and charged with breaking the fast after they were caught eating during fasting hours.
They reportedly bought a glass juice from one of the orange juice vendors in Jamaa El Fna during daylight hours. The five young men told police that they were travelling from Rabat to accompany a friend to the Marrakech Menara International Airport.
Among the arrested are the son of a security official in Rabat, a son of a member of parliament and the son of a journalist who works for the Qatari-based network Al Jazeera, reports say.
The Marrakech Court has also dropped charges of drug possession for lack of evidence after it was reported that the tourism brigade in Marrakech found cannabis in their possession.
Under Islamic law, eating, drinking or smoking is prohibited from sunrise until sunset during the entire month.
Not respecting Ramadan fasting in Morocco can result in penalties of up to six months in prison.
According to article 222 of the Moroccan Penal Code: anyone “breaking the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without a reason accepted” in Islam, can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined.
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