The appellate court in Morocco has sentenced fourteen members of a radical terror group called ‘Fath Al Andalous’ (Andalusia Conquest) yesterday in Salé, near Rabat. Rachid Zerbani, who is considered the main accused and the leader of this terror cell, was given a fifteen-year prison terms and a fine of 500.000 dirham ($ 63,000). The court also sentenced the other members of the group to prison terms ranging from four to ten years. “The terror cell was dismantled one year ago after the Moroccan Intelligence discovered their planned terror vandalism. “Fath Al Andaous” group went on trial on charges of planning to blow up tourism places in Agadir (the Southern Atlantic city) and military barracks in Laayoun (city in Western Morocco), “setting up a criminal gang to plot and carry out terror acts aimed at disturbing public order through intimidation and violence, financing terrorism, manufacturing and possessing explosives, undermining the sacred values, and holding unauthorized public meetings.”, officials said.”
According to the Maghreb Arab press news agency, the members of this terrorist network were active in a number of cities in Morocco, as they used to possess chemical and electronic equipments to make explosives. 2003 marked the beginning of Morocco’s fight against terrorism after 45 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Casablanca.
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