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Moroccan court sentences a blogger to four years in prison for insulting the king and Moroccans

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A Moroccan court sentenced a Moroccan blogger to four years in prison on Thursday for convicting him of the Moroccan monarch, the Moroccan people and constitutional institutions.

The Maghreb Arab News Agency said that the Court of First Instance in Settat, 159 km south of the capital Rabat, sentenced Mohamed Skaki to four years in prison and fined him 40,000 dirhams ($ 4153) after convicting him of “insulting the Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, insulting Moroccans, insulting constitutional institutions and possession of drugs.”

Al-Sakaki was arrested last month after he posted a video on social media that the authorities deemed to contain “insulting to the Moroccan people and the Moroccan monarch.

Sakaki apologized to the Moroccans before the court for the phrases in the video and said that he did not mean the general Moroccan people and “but a few category” as he added that he did not intend to offend the king but rather was “an appeal from me to him and asked that he intervene to correct the officials’ mistakes”.

In a statement to the press, the Defense Authority for Skaki considered that the verdict on him was “harsh and unjust” and was part of the “restriction of freedom of expression” and said it would appeal the verdict.

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