The trial of 193 people charged with plotting to overthrow the monarchy of King Hassan ended in Marrakesh on Friday (17 September), when the regional tribunal announced its verdict.
The trial of 193 people charged with plotting to overthrow the monarchy of King Hassan ended in Marrakesh on Friday (17 September), when the regional tribunal announced its verdict. Five people were sentenced to death and six others imprisoned for life. 59 people were acquitted, with the rest receiving prison sentences ranging from 18 months to 30 years. The King's prosecutor had demanded 49 death penalties and 121 terms of life imprisonment.
A total of 161 appeared in court, with 32 being tried in their absence. The people had been accused of threatening internal state security by plotting against the royal regime, attempted premeditated murder and false pretences. The trial began on 14 June, a month before an attempted coup against King Hassan.
SYNOPSIS: The trial of one-hundred and ninety-three men, charged with plotting to overthrow the Moroccan monarchy, came to an end on Friday.
The regional tribunal had retired to consider its verdict more than two weeks ago. King Hassan's chief prosecutor had demanded forty-nine death penalties and one-hundred and twenty-one terms of life imprisonment. The accused had been charged with threats to internal state security, attempted murder with premeditation and using forged papers. Many of those on trial are militant members of the socialist opposition party, the National Union of People's Forces, U-N-F-P. Many of the leaders of the U-N-F-P were implicated in a previous anti-state plot in 1963.
The court was told that many of the accused organised terrorist cells in various parts of Morocco. They were also accused of training subversive agents in military camps in Syria and Algeria. All one-hundred and sixty-one of the accused present had been interrogated in court. Thirty-two were being tried in their absence. The trial began on the fourteenth of June, a month before an attempted coup against King Hassan.
In returning the verdict, the regional tribunal sentenced five people to death and imprisoned six others for life.
But fifty-nine people were acquitted and the rest received prison sentences ranging from thirty years to eighteen months.