Trial of suspects in Casablanca attacks starts this monday, minister
Morocco, Local, 5/27/2003
Moroccan justice minister, Mohamed Bouzoubaa, said the trial of several persons suspected of involvement in the string of terrorist attacks in Casablanca on May 16 will start this Monday.
The official told 2M TV, the general prosecutor will transmit the defendants files to the investigating judge.
Moroccan authorities announced on Saturday they have arrested a group of three people out of another group of nine wanted in connection with the probe on the terrorist attacks. They also issued a wanted notice for four other individuals.
The minister further called political parties to reconsider their attitude regarding the use of religion in their political discourses warning of the dangers that might result from the exploitation of religion. "Nobody has the right to monopolize religion or use it as a pretext to justify acts that are alien to Islam," he insisted, recalling that the law on the creation of associations and political parties clearly bans the creation of religious, ethnic or regionalist-leaning political parties.
He stressed that the attacks range and methods were very surprising and nobody could expect that young Moroccans "would transform themselves into bombs that kill innocent victims."
Bouzoubaa further brushed aside arguments that economic and social conditions were factors of the crimes, saying this can in no way justify these crimes. The terrorists' families and inhabitants of their neighborhoods have condemned these barbarous attacks that were after Morocco's stability and security.
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