Morocco jails 11 for ‘terror’ offences

A Moroccan special anti-terror units poses in the new headquarters of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations in Sale, near Rabat, Morocco, Monday April 20, 2015. (File photo: AP)

A court has sentenced 11 Moroccans to prison terms ranging from two to seven years for their involvement in “cases related to terrorism”, the official Moroccan news agency MAP reported Friday.

The 11, convicted on Thursday, were accused of “having formed a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts... and undermine public order” and “raising funds to finance terrorist acts”, MAP said.

Over the past few weeks, the authorities have announced the uncovering of a number of “terrorist cells” whose members were allegedly linked to the militant ISIS group.

Last year, Morocco introduced new security legislation under which dozens of prison sentences have since been handed down for offences related to “terrorism”.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49