Moroccan justice on Wednesday appealed to three years in prison the sentence against human rights activist Saida El Alami, convicted in particular of “contempt of a constituted body” on the Internet, according to her defense.
“It’s an unfair decision. Saida El Alami spoke within the framework of her freedom of expression, established in the Constitution,” her lawyer Souad Brahma told AFP. The defense plans to appeal to the Court of Cassation.
Placed in detention since March 23, Saida El Alami, who presents herself as a “political dissident” on Facebook, regularly posted critical publications against the authorities on social networks.
She had notably denounced officials of the security services and corruption within the judiciary, according to Amnesty International.
This 48-year-old woman was prosecuted for “contempt of a constituted body”, “contempt of public officials in the exercise of their functions”, “attack on justice” and “dissemination of false allegations”.
She was sentenced on April 29 to two years in prison at first instance, a sentence accompanied by a fine of 5,000 dirhams (470 euros), before a court in Casablanca.
A member of the “Moroccan Women Against Political Detention” collective, the activist has shown her support for journalists and activists such as Omar Radi and Soulaimane Raissouni.
After Ms. El Alami’s arrest, Amnesty called on the Moroccan authorities “to put an end to the prosecution of women activists who have criticized public figures, representatives or state institutions, and to ensure that citizens are free to express their opinions without fear of reprisals”.