Rabat - The Salé Court of Appeal Criminal Chamber issued on Thursday verdicts in several terrorism cases where 20 people were prosecuted.
Rabat – The Salé Court of Appeal Criminal Chamber issued on Thursday verdicts in several terrorism cases where 20 people were prosecuted.
Sentences ranged from terms of four years in jail and innocence.
Three accused in a case were sentenced four years in jail for the primary accused and three years for two others.
In another case, five people were sentenced to three years in prison for each. Five others, prosecuted in two other cases, were also sentenced to two years.
The court judged that three people were innocent and ordered their release.
Five other cases of terrorism, where 36 people are prosecuted, was scheduled for July 6 and 20.
The accused were arrested between 2016 and 2017 during anti-terrorism operations in different Moroccan cities.
Each year, a good number of terrorist cells are uncovered in Morocco by anti-terror security forces.
Abdelhak El Khiam, head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), revealed in April that 43 terrorist cells had been dismantled since the bureau’s creation in 2015.
Morocco’s approach in fighting terrorism relies on a preemptive strategy that has proved efficient is countering the threat.
In addition to that, the Kingdom is keen on showing that fighting terrorism efforts to keep the country safe do not encroach on rights and freedoms.
Mohamed Aujar, the Minister of Justice, asserted in May “Morocco’s approach is based on fighting the terrorism threat in total respect of legal procedures and human rights.”
El Khiam stated that that arrest operations are conducted under the surveillance of the General Prosecution, and that arrested individuals have the right to remain silent or ask for a lawyer.