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2012-04-17

Moroccan rapper 'El-Haqed' trial postponed

A Casablanca court on Monday (April 16th) agreed to postpone the trial of a dissident Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghouat, known as "El-Haqed," until April 25th, AFP reported. The decision followed a defence request for the delay.

Monday's hearing was marked by the presence of a representative of Morocco's National Human Rights Council (CNDH), which was seen as a "positive sign," by the defence.

"El-Haqed" was arrested March 30th in Casablanca for allegedly insulting the police in a song. While "Dogs of the State" was released more than a year ago, a recent video clip prompted new defamation charges.

The artist, a member of the youth-led 20 February Movement (M20F), spent four months in prison last year on charges of assaulting a counter-protester.

"Thanks to rap, I have committed myself to the people and its hardships. Our demands are huge," he told AFP after his release in January.

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