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Moroccan Islamist dies after hunger strike

2012-05-21 10:28

Rabat - A human rights organisation reports that an Algerian Islamist prisoner has died in a Moroccan prison after a hunger strike that lasted about two months.

Ahmed Ben Miloud was convicted in December of using a firearm in the Algerian consulate in Oujda and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The 56-year-old died on Thursday.

Anas al-Halaoui, spokesperson for the Association of Former Imprisoned Islamists in Morocco, confirmed the death to The Associated Press on Sunday.

Al-Halaoui says that for the last month nearly 160 Islamist prisoners have gone on hunger strike across Morocco, protesting their conditions and claiming torture. The Algerian started his hunger strike earlier.

Morocco has been largely spared the organised militant violence found in neighbouring Algeria, but it regularly announces the dismantling of small cells inspired by al-Qaeda.