The Court of Appeal inNador has sentenced 18 sub-Saharan migrants to three years in prison. The verdict, pronounced on 7 October, comes three months after the tragedy of Melilla, when migrants tried to enter the Spanish enclave by force. The incident led to the death of 24 people.
Originally from Chad and Sudan, the 18 migrants were convicted of “illegal entry into Morocco,”“violence against law enforcement officers,”“armed gathering” and “refusal to comply.” They were sentenced to 11 months in prison in the first instance.
In a statement given to AFP, the defence lawyer, MbarekBouirig, said that “18 migrants arrested on 24 June were sentenced by the Court of Appeal of Nador to three years in prison.” In a tweet, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) denounced “a repressive judicial system.”
It is worth noting that 15 other migrants, also from Sudan and Chad, received the same prison sentence on appeal last September, while another group of 13 people were sentenced to two and a half years in prison last August.