Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- The Moroccan authorities have decided to arrest controversial sheik Abu Naim, after criticizing heavily the decision of Morocco’s Council of Ulemas issuing yesterday a fatwa to close mosques in the kingdom amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Abou Naim appeared on a video yesterday on various social media platforms. He made harsh remarks vis-à-vis the decision of the Council of Ulemas, including members of the Moroccan government, as well as decision-makers in general.
The controversial cleric has called Morocco “an apostate land, a non-believer country.”
The General Directorate of National Security (French acronym DGSN) said in a communiqué that Abu Naeem shared content that falls into the category of “incitement to hatred and violence”.
The DGSN opened an investigation today under the supervision of the public prosecutor at the Rabat Court of Appeal, which takes care of cases related to terrorism, in a bet to determine whether the charges attributed to Abu Naeem fall within the spectrum of terrorism acts.
This is not the first time Abu Naeem sparks controversy in Morocco. A few years ago, he called for the killing of Moroccan Amazigh researcher and secular activist Ahmed Assid, including the Secretary-General of the USFP party, Driss Lachgar.
The Moroccan Times.