Human Rights Watch urges Morocco to change activist sentence

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By Lorlornyofm February 7, 2018 07:03

Human Rights Watch urges Morocco to change activist sentence

Mortada Iamrachen protested conditions in Morocco’s Rif region, where demonstrations are frequent

Human Rights Watch has urged Morocco to reconsider a five-year sentence it handed down to political activist Mortada Iamrachen in November.

The organisation warned the judgement was based on a confession which may have been coerced.

Mr Iamrachen, 31, was a member of Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or “Popular Movement”, which called for jobs and an end to corruption in Morocco’s northern Rif region.

He was convicted in November of “defending terrorism” and inciting violence in posts about the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in December 2016.

He also wrote a post claiming he’d told a journalist that al-Qaeda’s leader had asked him to import weapons into the Rif region – something he later said was sarcastic.

Mr Iamrachen has subsequently said his confession was forced by police who threatened to publish private photos of his wife.

The court rejected this claim but are due to hear an appeal against his sentencing on Wednesday.

Source: BBC

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