Two Moroccans were condemned to death by the court of Rabat, on Monday, on charges of forming "a criminal group with an aim of carrying out terrorist acts". <i>Bladi.Net</i> reports that the two, were the principal defendants among a group of 46 people, including six women, which were brought to court on similar charges.
Four of the defendants were condemned to life imprisonment, nine were discharged and the others were sentenced to one to twenty years of prison.
The majority of these defendants were arrested on January 26, 2004 during a large police operation in Meknes and Fez. One police officer and one Moroccan Islamist had been killed during this operation.