(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Casablanca's Court of Appeal sentenced seventeen protesters to prison terms ranging from 10 months to 3 years after standing accused of 'disobedience and unauthorized demonstrations.'
In addition, the Spanish news agency reported that the court has also reduced its sentencing against an activist, from two and a half years to one year due to his health concerns.
Hundreds of Hirak activists were arrested in a government crackdown on protests held in Al Hoceima province in 2016 and 2017 after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fishmonger who was crushed to death in October 2016.
Many other activists are still placed in pre-trial detention including , one of the most prominent leaders of the Hirak movement.
In November 2017, Amnesty International (AI) called on Moroccan authorities to unconditionally free the Hirak Rif protesters and , a Moroccan journalist who was also arrested during a protest in the region.
Activists held in pre-detention are facing heavy charges, including 'undermining the security of the state and territorial integrity of Morocco' and undermining 'citizens' loyalty to Morocco.'