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Moroccans convicted for eating in public during Ramadan

The duo was arrested in the northern city of al-Hoceima and received two-month jail terms

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A Moroccan court ordered sentenced two citizens for eating in public during the daylight hours of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The two Moroccans who received two-month jail terms were arrested near a forest [in the northern city of al-Hoceima],” Ali Belmazine, the director of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, said.

Belmazine demanded the release of the two men.

Throughout Ramadan, believers are supposed to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.

Under Moroccan law, the offence can carry a penalty of up to six months behind bars.

On Tuesday, four youths received four-month jail terms for drinking fruit juice in public during the daylight hours of Ramadan, according to AFP.