Next hearing in Morocco Qaeda video case set for Dec

2013-10-31 11:58

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Rabat - The case of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla, accused of aiding "terrorism" after posting a video link attributed to al-Qaeda, has been adjourned for two months, his sister said.

Wednesday's closed hearing at the court in Sale lasted around 30 minutes, the journalist's sister Leila Anouzla told AFP.

"The next hearing has been fixed for December 23," she added.

Anouzla was arrested on September 17 after his website "Lakome" posted a link to a video attributed to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), with the authorities saying he was giving the jihadists a platform.

After spending more than one month at the prison in Sale, Rabat's twin city, Anouzla was freed on bail last Friday while the judge investigates his case.

He remains accused of defending, providing material assistance to and inciting terrorist acts, accusations that have drawn international criticism.

Under Morocco's tough anti-terrorism law, which was adopted in 2003 after a string of suicide attacks in Casablanca, the journalist risks up to 20 years behind bars if tried and convicted, according to Amnesty International.

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