Moroccan Court hands down prison sentences to Islamists linked to plotting attacks
Jail sentences ranging from four to 16 years were handed down in Rabat Wednesday to twenty Islamists charged with plotting "extremist attacks" along with teenaged twins sentenced the previous day, according to court sources.
The court on Tuesday sentenced 14-year-old twin sisters Imane and Sanae al Ghariss to five years behind bars for plotting attacks in the Moroccan capital and against the royal family, according to AFP.
The girls stood trial under a new law enacted after the May 16 attacks in Casablanca that left 45 people dead including the 12 suicide bombers. Their alleged accomplice, Hakima Rajlan also 14, was acquitted.
The trial of the twin girls took place before five judges specialised in dealing with juvenile defendents, and was followed by the separate trial of their alleged adult accomplices.
The three main accused in the group, Hassan Chaouni, plumber Abdelkader Labsir and former soldier Said Fafa, were each sentenced to 16 years in jail. They were charged with having encouraged the twins to plot a "suicide attack" on a supermarket in the residential district of Soussi. (Albawaba.com)