Moroccan Police Arrest Teacher For Incitement to Terrorism

Rabat – The National Judicial Police, in coordination with the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), arrested a primary school teacher on August 5 for his alleged involvement in a case of glorification and incitement to terrorist acts.According to a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN), the teacher (26 years) was arrested in Ksar El Kebir (99 kilometers south of Tangier).The suspect commented on a post about a Facebook video. In his comment, he encouraged people to “cut the heads off” a group of Belgian female tourists. The post said, “they should have respected the region’s traditions and Morocco’s Islamic identity.” “They should have been covered; this job is for men and what they did was pure provocation,” added the post.The teacher commented saying, “you are right! Their heads should be cut off so that no one else dares to challenge the teachings of our religion.”The post was published on a Facebook group of 500,000 members, most of whom are teachers.The targeted Belgian tourists were in a video going viral on social media. They were part of a group volunteering to fix a road in poor condition in the region of Taroudant.While their initiative attracted the sympathy of the village residents and the majority of Internet users, others were unhappy with the “girls’ outfits.”According to the statement, the investigation resulted in the seizure of a laptop and mobile phone that the suspect allegedly used to post his comment.The suspect was taken into custody under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office specializing in terrorism cases, in order to determine the circumstances and motives of the case, concludes the statement.