On Thursday, the Court of Appeal in Rabat has finally ruled in the case of journalist Ali Anouzla, who was charged with “material support”, “apology” and “incitement to terrorism”.
The appeal was filed by the General Prosecution and not the Ministry of Interior, who filed the original case to the Court of First Instance.
The court has charged the editor-in-chief of the Arabic version of Lakome news outlet to a one month suspended sentence as well as a 5,000 dirhams fine.
Ali Anzoula’s trial is one of the most famous and most publicized journalist prosecution cases in Morocco, thanks to the internet.
It is important to note that this trial coincided with the visit of Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who referred to Ali Anouzla’s case at a conference in Rabat, saying “it is unfortunate to hear that journalists and bloggers are subject to imposed fines”.
The Moroccan Times.