Kenitra Inmates

Associated Press writer Scheherezade Faramarzi recounts how she received cellphone calls from two inmates in Kenitra’s high-security prison. The men, Omar Maarouf and Abdelkebir Goumarra, are accused of being members of the Salafiya Jihadiya, the group that is believed to be responsible for the 2003 Casablanca attacks. (By the way, the death toll in the attacks was 44 people, not 33, as Faramarzi writes.) The two men claim they are innocent, that they were tortured, and that their trial was a sham. They are both now serving life sentences (one has been condemned to death, but in effect this is a life sentence because there have been no executions in Morocco for the last 13 years.)

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