Moroccan terror suspects convicted

Mastermind of the alleged terror cell has been sentenced to life in jail.

    A total of 35 people were arrested in February for belonging to the network [AFP]

    Abdellah Sriti, the correspondent of the Lebanese Hezbollah's TV station Al Manar, and Alaa Badella Maa El Ainin, a member of the Justice and Development party, the main Islamic party in Morocco were given 20 years in prisons.

    The court sentenced other defendants to prison terms ranging from one to 10 years. They included a university professor, a telecoms engineer, a hotel manager in the tourist city of Marrakesh and a police officer.

    'Potent threat'

    Moroccan authorities arrested a total of 35 people in January and February for belonging to the network, known as the Belliraj cell.

    The government said the Belliraj gang posed an unusually potent threat because they had planned to infiltrate state institutions, politics and civil society.

    Morocco says the group was planning to carry out terrorist acts with explosives and fireams, assassinate high-ranking civil and military officials as well as Moroccan citizens of Jewish confession.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    An insight into the history and present of Christian nationalism, the movement behind Donald Trump's religious support.

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers.

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    What you need to know about the other pandemics that shook the world.