Taoufiq Bouachrine,then the director of Morroccan daily Akhbar al-Youm, gestures as he exits the court at the end of a hearing in Casablanca. (AFP/STR)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
A Moroccan court has handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a newspaper publisher charged with sexual assault, in a trial that his lawyers said was politically motivated.On Friday, defense lawyer Mohammad Ziane told AFP that Bouachrine had been the "victim of a political trial" because of his writings.Rape trials are rare in Morocco, where victims fear social repercussions in a society that remains largely conservative.Bouachrine's defense team said the videos had been faked and in any case showed "consensual relations".Experts consulted during the trial said they were genuine.During the course of the trial, four women cited by the prosecution as "victims" denied involvement.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE