Rabat - The criminal chamber in charge of terrorism affairs at the annex of Sale’s Court of Appeals has handed down sentences from 1 to 20 years in prison for 18 defendants for their involvement in terrorism-related crimes.
Rabat – The criminal chamber in charge of terrorism affairs at the annex of Sale’s Court of Appeals has handed down sentences from 1 to 20 years in prison for 18 defendants for their involvement in terrorism-related crimes.
On Thursday, the court sentenced two main defendants to 20 years in prison, one to 18 years, and three to 16 years, five to 15 years, five to 10 years, one to 8 years, and one to 1 year and an MAD 5,000 fine, the state-owned news agency MAP reported.
According to MAP, the defendants were convicted of terrorism-related charges, including “forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts as part of a collective plan aimed at undermining public order.” They were also accused of “advocating a terrorist organization, inciting others to commit terror crimes, and failure to report a terrorist crime.”
The defendants were arrested in October 2017 when the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a terrorist cell operating in Fez, Casablanca, Khouribga, Meknes, and other cities. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the cell members had suspected connections to ISIS and were involved in “acquiring expertise in explosives manufacturing.”
Earlier this year, three women received sentences ranging from to 4 to 5 years in prison for the same terrorism-related crimes.
In October 2016, a French former soldier was given 4 years in prison for his involvement in terrorism-related crimes. The French national was arrested in Fez-Saiss Airport in March 2016.