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Moroccan Jailed Three Years For Criticising King Online

African American in Prison

According to the defense attorney, a Moroccan appeals court sentenced a man to three years in prison on Monday for insulting King Mohammed VI in social media posts against normalization with Israel.

Said Boukioud, 48, was sentenced in August to five years in prison for Facebook posts in late 2020.

According to lawyer El Hassan Essouni, the Casablanca court lowered the sentence to three years.

He said he wanted to appeal to the country’s highest court, calling the verdict “very excessive.”

According to Essouni, his client “never intended” to anger the monarch, but “wanted to draw attention to the fact that normalisation was not good for Moroccans, the Palestinian cause, or anyone.”

Morocco and Israel will normalize diplomatic relations in December 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords, which are sponsored by the United States.

According to Moroccan law, the monarch has sole authority over international relations.

Boukioud’s punishment comes amid mounting calls to cut ties with Israel in its fight against Hamas in Gaza.

Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched through Casablanca on Sunday in the country’s latest pro-Palestinian demonstration, demanding a lasting truce in Gaza and the suspension of Moroccan-Israeli ties.

In an August report, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights stated that it had documented “dozens of cases of legal proceedings” against internet users during the previous two years.

According to the report, many of these were tied to social media posts criticizing the administration.

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