7 Years Prison for Terrorists Who Targeted Gnaoua Festival

Rabat – A Sale court has sentenced three Essaouira terrorists who planned  an attack on the Gnaoua World Music Festival to seven years in prison.The Criminal Chamber of First Instance in charge of terrorism cases sentenced the three jihadists to seven years in prison on Thursday, as reported by the daily Al Akhbar in its weekend edition.The court sentenced the first defendant to three years in prison, while the other two were sentenced to two years each. The three terrorists were arrested in June 2017 by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ).They were planning terrorist attacks on the city’s world-renowned Gnaoua festival, in addition to the Jewish cemeteries in the city.When the ISIS-affiliated cell was dismantled, the BCIJ seized knives and computer equipment at the jihadists’ homes.The Central Bureau also found texts in which the three terrorists pledged allegiance to the leader of the Daesh terrorist organization, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.Since 2002, the BCIJ has dismantled 167 cells, including 46 affiliated to ISIS; 2,963 suspected terrorists, 277 of whom already had criminal records, have been arrested and referred to the judiciary courts.

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