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Moroccan sentenced to imprisonment for abortion and sex outside marriage

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Moroccan sentenced to imprisonment for abortion and sex outside marriage

Journalist and boyfriend will have to serve a year in prison for maintaining nonmarital relations. Couple must appeal the sentence

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni, 28, was sentenced Monday by the Rabat Court of First Instance to one year in prison for abortion crimes and unmarried sex, the same sentence applied to her husband. boyfriend.

As for the doctor who performed the abortion, a 69-year-old professional of recognized prestige in the city, was sentenced by the same court to two years in prison and two more prohibition of practicing the profession.

Listening to the sentence, the family and friends of the young journalist began to cry, although she remained calm.

In addition to these three permanently fixed penalties, the anesthetist who assisted the doctor in abortion, an 83-year-old man, was sentenced to one year probation.

One of Hajar's lawyers, Abdelmoula Marouri, told Efe that they should appeal the sentence as soon as they have access to a copy of the verdict.

Hajar Raissouni's case started an unprecedented debate about individual freedoms in Morocco, the Penal Code and women's rights.

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