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Moroccan activist jailed for 'false torture claim'

Moroccans demonstrate in Rabat on February 20, 2011 demanding political reform and limits on the powers of the kingAn activist from Morocco’s February 20 movement has been sentenced by a Tangiers court to a year in jail for a “false torture allegation”, her lawyer told AFP. Wafaa Charaf must also pay a fine of 50,000 Moroccan dirhams (about $6,000, 4,500 euros) in damages and interest and a fine of 1,000 dirhams ($120, 90 euros). The young woman alleged she was “kidnapped” in April and “thrown into an unmarked police car” after a demonstration in Tangiers, where she lives. Charaf claimed to have been “tortured” then “left at the side of a road” on the outskirts of town.

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