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The trial of Moroccan teen gang rape case adjourned to June 25

Khadija, the teenager who says she was abducted, raped and tortured by a group of men. / Ph. DR
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The trial of 12 suspects, accused of abducting, raping and torturing a Moroccan minor called Khadija opened Tuesday in a Beni Mellal court, AFP reports. The trial was postponed «at the request of both sides».

Speaking to the plaintiff’s lawyer Ibrahim Hachante, the French news agency wrote that the «case was adjourned to June 25».

The accused, aged between 19 and 29, are facing charges that include «human trafficking, rape, kidnapping and forming an organized gang». Another defendant will be tried separately on June 11 in a behind closed doors hearing as he was underage when the offences took place.

Hachante said that the suspects «had confessed to police but most of them had retracted before a magistrate». Khadija did not attend the trial, during which thirteen suspects appeared before the judge. Ten of them are currently held in prison, while three others are on parole, Alyaoum 24 reports. They were released after Khadija dropped her complaint against them.

For the record, the Khadija case made headlines in August, 2018, after the 17-year-old girl reported that she was kidnapped, raped and tortured by a group of young people from her village in Oulad Ayyad.

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