Journalist Omar Radi was sentenced on appeal overnight from Thursday to Friday to six years in prison in a double case of espionage and rape.
The Casablanca Court of Appeal thus confirmed the heavy sentence handed down at first instance.
The 35-year-old independent reporter was being prosecuted for “undermining the internal security of the State” with “foreign financing” and for “rape”, two separate cases, investigated and judged jointly.
The prosecution had demanded on Tuesday “the maximum sentence against the accused with regard to the incriminating elements”. The charge of rape is punishable by ten years in prison.
Another journalist Imad Stitou, 32, was sentenced to one year in prison, including six months, in the same rape case, as at first instance.
This denier had first been presented as the only defense witness before being prosecuted in a state of freedom during the investigation. Judged in his absence, Omar Stitou left Morocco for Tunisia.