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Release of "February 20" detainees welcomed; Morocco urged to free rapper

On 18 June 2014, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) welcomed the decision by a Moroccan court to release members of the "February 20" movement, who were arrested during a 6 April 2014 march in Casablanca.

On Tuesday 17 June, the Casablanca Court of First Instance delivered a verdict temporarily setting the "February 20" Movement detainees free, upon a request by the detainees' defense during the appeal hearing on Thursday 12 June.

ANHRI renews its demand for the release of detained rapper Moaaz Belghoua - nicknamed Al-Haqed - who is a member of the "February 20" Movement. He has been in custody since 18 May on a trumped-up and ironic charge, namely touting match tickets on the black market. Al-Haqed's detention was, in fact, a punishment for his latest album titled "Wa-alo", in which he criticized the Moroccan regime, corruption, and prison conditions.

ANHRI believes that the release of the detainees arrested on 6 April is a semi-positive step. However, it is awaiting the release of the rapper, who is being punished for his stance against the Moroccan government's policies. In addition, ANHRI calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Morocco.

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