ISIS Member Arrested in Tangier Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Casablanca — A Chad national who was arrested in May for leading a ISIS terrorist cell in Tangier has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Salé court on terrorist charges, reports Telquel. The charges more specifically condemned man’s “establishment of a criminal gang for the purpose of preparing and committing terrorist acts as part of a collective project aimed at seriously undermining public order through intimidation, terror and violence.”The king’s vice prosecutor had initially required 30 years in prison for the ISISleader due to the gravity of his actions but the defense managed to bring that number down to 20 by arguing that the defendant suffering extenuating circumstances, Telquel reports.  The 33-year-old Chad national had arrived to Morocco on May 4, 2016 visa the Casablanca and planned on forming a terrorist cell on behalf of ISIS in various Moroccan touristic locations but was arrested on May 13 by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). Medi1 TV had broadcast a news story on the man’s arrest. read more

UN officials welcome release of Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi

13 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief welcomed the freeing on Saturday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged the authorities in Myanmar to release all remaining political prisoners. Ms. Suu Kyi, the head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had been under house arrest for much of the past two decades. Her release comes one week after the South-east Asian nation held its first elections in 20 years.“Her dignity and courage in the face of injustice have been an inspiration to many people around the world, including the Secretary-General, who has long advocated her freedom,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General expects that no further restrictions will be placed on her, and he urges the Myanmar authorities to build on today’s action by releasing all remaining political prisoners.” The statement also noted that it was “deeply regrettable” that Ms. Suu Kyi was effectively excluded from participating in the recent elections. “Democracy and national reconciliation require that all citizens of Myanmar are free to participate as they wish in the political life of their country.” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called Ms. Suu Kyi’s release a “positive signal” that the Myanmar authorities are willing to move forward with the serious challenge of democratic transition. “Clearly, Aung San Suu Kyi can make a major contribution to this process,” Ms. Pillay stated, adding that she remained “extremely disappointed” that the pro-democracy leader was not released before the elections. The High Commissioner urged the authorities to now release the other 2,200 political prisoners as “a clear sign that the new Government intends to respect human rights and forge a new future for the country.” read more