Rabat - A Moroccan appeals court on Monday reduced the
sentence of a journalist convicted on Syria-linked terror charges from four to three
years, his lawyer said.
The court reduced journalist Moustapha Hasnaoui's sentence
by one year, lawyer Khaled al-Idriss said, after he was convicted on terror
charges in July.
Hasnaoui had been working for the Moroccan pro-Salafist
Assabil magazine when he was convicted of being a part of a "criminal
group" and "trying to conceal information about terrorist
crimes", the public prosecutor said.
Hasnaoui had travelled to Turkey to write a report on
Moroccan jihadists passing through on their way to fight against the regime of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
His lawyer said Turkish authorities turned the journalist
back at the airport and that he had not entered the country.
Idriss added that his client would appeal the sentence.
A second Moroccan journalist, Ali Anouzla, whose
imprisonment on charges of "aiding terrorism" provoked condemnation
at home and abroad, was freed on bail on Friday after a month in prison.