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Morocco journo to serve 3-yrs on terror charges

29 October 2013, 13:49

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.



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