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Dec 6, 2019
The Daily Star
Moroccan YouTuber arrested for 'public insults'
Agence France Presse
RABAT: A Moroccan YouTuber was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday for "insulting Moroccans and constitutional institutions" in a video, the kingdom's public prosecutor announced.
Mohamed Sekkaki, known as Moul Kaskita, was detained Sunday after publishing a video in which he criticised King Mohammed VI, considered "inviolable" by the kingdom's constitution.
In the 12 minute YouTube video, Sekkaki said the monarch's speeches were not followed by results, while Moroccans suffered from clientelism and nepotism.
Sekkaki, whose frequent broadcasts normally attract over 100,000 views, also insulted his compatriots, calling them ignorant and donkeys who "watch their rights being flouted without saying a word."
The public prosecutor said it had "received several complaints" from citizens concerned by the video, which "included insults and degrading descriptions."
When Sekkaki was arrested in the city of Settat south of Casablanca, "a small amount of drugs" was found in his possession, the prosecutor said.
He will be prosecuted for "public insults against individuals, indecent exposure through obscene gestures and behaviour, contempt of constitutional institutions and possession of drugs."
"Many of the expressions in this video have nothing to do with freedom of expression and constitute crimes punishable by law," the prosecutor said.
Sekkaki "received significant transfers of money from abroad in return for his activities," the prosecutor claimed.
His arrest comes less than a week after a Moroccan rapper was sentenced to a year in prison for "insulting a public official" in a video published online.
Mohamed Mounir, known as Gnawi, was arrested last month shortly after publishing a song denouncing injustice and money-grabbing that attacked the king directly.
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