Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco

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Jan. 23: In a news conference in Rabat one week before a global conference in Paris on the death penalty, a human rights coalition called on Morocco to become the first Arab country to abolish the death sentence. The death penalty had not been carried out in Morocco since 1994, though in the previous month, two Moroccans were sentenced to death for terrorism-related activities. Since Morocco's independence in 1956, about 40 had been executed, most for participation in a series of attempted coups against King Hassan II's regime in the early 1970s. [BBC, 1/23]

Feb. 21: A Moroccan man was sentenced to deatii for killing an Italian employee of the European Commission and his Belgian wife in their home in Rabat in September 2006. Karim Zimach confessed that he had murdered the couple while attempting a burglary. [BBC, 2/21]

Mar. 2: Morocco's King Muhammad VI pardoned almost 9,000 prisoners, and reduced the sentences of an additional 24,000, to honor the birth of his daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija. [BBC, 3/2]

Mar. 9: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Morocco had cut down tiie production of cannabis by 50% in the past three years. Morocco, previously the biggest supplier of hashish in the world, said it aimed to completely eradicate cannabis - which had been grown in Morocco's Rif Mountains since the IS"' century - by 2008. [BBC, 3/9]

Mar. 11: Four people were injured in a suicide bombing at an internet café in the Sidi Moumen district of Casablanca. …

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