Abounaim called activist Assid an apostate after Assid said jihad verses do not apply today.
Rabat – The Court of First Instance in Ain Sebaa, Casablanca, adjourned the hearing of Salafi Sheikh Abdelhamid Abounaim, suspected of inciting murder, on Thursday. The trial will resume January 24.
The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) heard Abdelhamid Abounaim making death threats and apostasy charges. Prosecutors charged Abounaim with terrorism and brought the case to the Casablanca court.
Abounaim called Moroccan activist Ahmed Assid an “apostate” after Assid said that verses of the Qur’an regarding armed jihad do not apply to modern times.
“We are against terrorism, subversion, and corruption,” Abounaim said in a Facebook video showing him leaving the court. “The greatest wrong is insulting the prophet, the sharia, and attacking religion.”
The Casablanca Court of First Instance ruled in 2017 in favor of Abounaim in a case against 2M channel, after he described the Moroccan channel as “the devil.” A court handed Abounaim a suspended one-month jail sentence in 2014 for accusing politician Driss Lachgar of apostasy after he called for a ban on polygamy.