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Tuesday, 13 November, 2001, 17:39 GMT
Ex-secret agent released in Morocco

A former Moroccan secret agent, who implicated senior officials in the killing in 1965 of the Moroccan opposition figure Mehdi Ben Barka, has been released after three months in jail.

Ahmed Boukhari was sentenced in August to a year in prison for writing bad cheques.

His sentence was last month reduced to three months.

Human rights groups condemned Mr Boukhari's sentence as an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

He was arrested shortly after telling newspapers that Mr Ben Barka -- who was an influential left-wing leader in Morocco in the 1950s and '60s -- had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Moroccan government officials.

At the time, he was in exile in France.

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