The Middle East Channel

Morocco’s misguided war on terror

On a rainy Tuesday morning in February, a group of about 20 veiled women — most of them dressed in black niqabs, the full-body veils favored by the most conservative Muslims — stand silently in the street in front of the Rabat administrative tribunal. These wives, mothers, and sisters of alleged terrorists detained by the ...

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On a rainy Tuesday morning in February, a group of about 20 veiled women — most of them dressed in black niqabs, the full-body veils favored by the most conservative Muslims — stand silently in the street in front of the Rabat administrative tribunal. These wives, mothers, and sisters of alleged terrorists detained by the Moroccan government have come from across the country to show their support for one of their own, Fatiha Mejjati. Inside the courtroom, Mejjati is bringing a suit against the Moroccan government for wrongfully detaining her and her then-11-year-old son for nine months in 2003.

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