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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Morocco accused over war on terror
Bomb debris
Five simultaneous attacks rocked Casablanca last year
Anti-terrorist measures being taken by the government in Morocco are undermining the freedom of expression, human rights groups say.

Moroccan Human Rights Association spokesman Abdel Ilah Benabdeslam says journalists and people defending human rights are being repressed.

Mr Benabdeslam said suspected Islamic militants are being kidnapped and tortured by the authorities.

Four people were sentenced to death in connection with last May's bombings.

About 45 people were killed in five simultaneous attacks in Casablanca.

Improvements

"We're not opposed to the fight against terrorism, but we demand that this struggle is carried out within the rule of law," Mr Benabdeslam told AFP news agency.

The association's report for 2003 says arrests among the ranks of Muslim fundamentalists are accompanied by unfair trials and heavy sentences ranging up to capital punishment.

The human rights group however acknowledged that there had been improvements in Morocco, since King Mohamed VI acceded to the throne in 1999 on the death of his father, Hassan II.




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