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Moroccan court sentences Islamic militants to death

[JURIST] A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced two men, Taoufik Hanouichi and Mohcine Bouarfa, to death for "murder in connection with a terrorist group." The trial included 46 other defendants arrested as part of an effort to dismantle militant Islamic networks following a suicide bombing in Casablanca [BBC report] on May 16, 2003 which killed 45 people. Thirty-one defendants were sentenced from one to twenty years in prison and nine were acquitted. Four others were sentenced to life in prison under the anti-terrorism law for killing a policeman and Moroccan Jew in 1994. Hanouichi and Bouarfa are unlikely to be executed as Morocco has had a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993. AP has more. The Morocco Times has local coverage.

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