Attorney General V Mohamed SokrateCase Law
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- On Appeal
- Online Forum
- Press and Media
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- Marrakech court
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On May 29, 2012 police arrested and charged blogger Mohamed Sokrate with drug possession and trafficking as he left an Internet cafe. Sokrate was sentenced to a two-year prison term ans fined 5,000 dirhams (450 euros) in a Marrakech court two weeks after the arrest. His lawyer filed an appeal on 15/6/2012.
According to NGOs and media, the charges were politically motivated and false. Sokrate was a frequent critic of the government and a member of the February 20 Movement who defended secularism and civil liberties in his postings.
His lawyer, Taher Abouzaid, said the proceedings against him were marked by many procedural errors. He also criticized the court’s refusal to hear testimony from those who witnessed the arrest of his father and brother, several sources said they were arrested just to get Sokrate to sign a police statement.
Threat to freedom of speech, civil society organisations says this arrest is a disguise only to prevent this blogger to perform his freedom of speech.
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