Morocco court doubles activist's prison sentence

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Posted: Oct 21, 2014 10:54 AM

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A lawyer says a Moroccan court has doubled the prison sentence of an activist who was convicted of falsely claiming she was tortured.

Activist Ouafa Charaf had said she was attacked by police for her political activities, but she was convicted of making false claims in August and sentenced to one year in prison.

Charaf appealed her conviction, and on Tuesday a court upheld it and doubled her sentence to two years, according to her defense lawyer, Mohammed Sadkou. He called the ruling revenge against her.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights claims that a new campaign of repression against activists since the summer has led police to prevent scores of events it planned.

Morocco responded to demands of Arab Spring pro-democracy protesters in 2011 with a series of reforms.