Morocco activist jailed over torture claim

August 13, 2014 - 12:02:15 am

RABAT: An activist from Morocco’s February 20 movement has been sentenced by a Tangiers court to a year in jail for a “false torture allegation”, her lawyer told AFP.

Wafaa Charaf must also pay a fine of 50,000 Moroccan dirhams (about $6,000) in damages and interest and a fine of 1,000 dirhams ($120). The young woman alleged she was “kidnapped” in April and “thrown into an unmarked police car” after a demonstration in Tangiers, where she lives.

Charaf claimed to have been “tortured” then “left at the side of a road” on the outskirts of town. But the court said she made a “false torture allegation”.

During her trial, which went on late into the night on Monday, several dozen activists staged a rally of support outside the court, witnesses said. Charaf’s lawyer Mohamed Sadqo told AFP by telephone that it was an “unjust political verdict” and a “serious breach of the Moroccan