A man convicted of teenage gangbang that resented Morocco


Victim lawyers said Wednesday that 11 men accused of kidnapping and gangbanging Moroccan teenagers were each sentenced to 20 years in prison in a public anger case.

Khadija Okkarou, then 17 years old, announced the abuse in a video posted online in 2018. This was a rare move in a conservative North African country.

She said members of the “dangerous gang” had kidnapped her prisoners, detained them for two months, raped them and tortured them.

The video also showed horrific scars from cigarette burns and tattoos engraved on a part of her body.

Okkarou’s lawyer, Ibrahim Hachane, told AFP that the Court of Appeals’ criminal office in downtown Benimeral was convicted of various charges, including rape, kidnapping, and detention.

He added that the other two defendants were sentenced to two years in prison and one year in prison, respectively.

Hachane said the attackers were also fined 200,000 dirhams (about € 19,000, $ 16,000).

But to him, the sentence seemed “not harsh” because trafficking charges could be punished with up to 30 years in prison.

He said he would appeal.

“The victim is still being treated and what she has experienced will be with her for the rest of her life,” the lawyer said.

Moroccan rape victims are often exposed to double trauma as conservative Islamic societies blame their trials.

However, national media and rights groups regularly warn of endemic violence against women.

In 2018, a law to combat abuse was enacted, giving Moroccan women legal protection for the first time from “acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation and abuse.”

The new law also paved the way for victims of violence to be provided with assistance.

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