Request to save 6 Moroccans sentenced to death in Somalia

Moroccan non-governmental associations have called on their country's authorities to act to save 6 Moroccans sentenced to death in Somalia.

This was announced in a joint statement from 6 associations.
Among the organizations signing the declaration are the Moroccan Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, the Association for Fair Justice and the Network of Lawyers Against the Death Penalty.

The associations declared that they “were informed of the verdict rendered by one of the military courts in northern Somalia, which sentenced to death by shooting 6 Moroccans accused of belonging to the Daesh organization”.

According to the statement, “some of them stated in their statements that they had come looking for work and did not know the intentions of those who recruited them, and that they wish to return to their country, as stated confirmed their lawyer, and that they were deceived by an extremist group, and that hope lies in the appeal filed.

Moroccan associations condemned the death sentence handed down against Moroccans, declaring their “rejection of the denial of their right to life, which cannot be justified even by the most serious crimes”.

The statement called on Moroccan authorities to take all urgent measures to save the lives of citizens from death by shooting, and to repatriate them to their country before it is too late.

On March 2, a military court in northern Somalia sentenced six Moroccans to death for their membership in the “Daesh” organization.

According to media reports, the military court in the town of Bosaso, in the Puntland region of Somalia, handed down the death sentence against these Moroccans for “destroying their own lives, the lives of the Muslim community and the lives of the people Somali, and sowed chaos in the country.”

Reports indicate that “the defendants have one month to appeal the sentence.”

No official comment was issued by Moroccan authorities regarding the death sentence or the statement from Moroccan associations until 16:00 GMT.

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