Moroccan journalist Omar Radi handed a four-month suspended sentence

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Moroccan journalist Omar Radi. / DR

Moroccan journalist Omar Radi was given, Tuesday, a four-month suspended sentence and a 500 dirham fine by a Casablanca court for insulting a judge on Twitter.

The 33-year-old journalist was tried for a tweet in which he criticized a judge for handing «heavy» sentences to Hirak activists, including the movement’s figurehead Nasser Zefzafi.

Summoned by the police in December, the journalist spent five days in jail before being granted provisional release, pending his trial.

The arrest and trial of Omar Radi have pushed several activists and journalists in Morocco to hit the streets and support him. Solidarity sit-ins were held in several cities, including Rabat, Agadir, Brussels and Paris.

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