Key figure in the bar exam protest receives one-month suspended sentence for death threats

Key figure in the bar exam protest receives one-month suspended sentence for death threats

Amine Nasrallah, a key figure in the bar exam protests, was given a one-month suspended sentence by the Rabat court on Monday after facing charges related to death threats under Article 429 of the Criminal Law.

The incident took place at one of the exam centers in Rabat during the examination. Nasro-allah was accused of cheating by one of his fellow examinees, leading to a dispute between them. 

In response to the conflict, the police intervened, and Nasro-allah was subsequently referred to the public prosecutor. His phone was seized for further investigation to ascertain the validity of the cheating allegations.

Nasro-allah was cleared of the cheating accusation but was charged with threatening the life of a female examinee..

The incident prompted a widespread show of support for Nasrallah on social media, with many expressing solidarity with his efforts to uncover alleged irregularities in the bar exam. 

The controversy surrounding Morocco’s bar exam first emerged when lists became available online. The inclusion of family names belonging to influential and well-known lawyers raised suspicions of nepotism and bias in the grading process.

In an effort to bring an end to the long controversy surrounding the bar exam, the Ministry of Justice in Morocco had announced its intention to organize a new examination by the following year. 

The ministry maintained its stance of refusing to invalidate the results of the bar exams conducted in December 2022, noting that the demands for the cancellation of the exam results were baseless. 

The handling of the recent bar exam had prompted several Moroccan law graduates to protest as they called on authorities to address their demands for a reorganization of the examination.

Protestors argued that certain candidates were given higher grades than their performance warranted, while others were flunked. 

This discrepancy has sparked outrage among law graduates, who believe the results did not reflect an evaluation that is based on merit.


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