Facebook Poser Gets Three Year Sentence

On February 7 we reported that a Moroccan man named Fouad Mourtada had been arrested for pretending to be the Moroccan king’s younger brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, on Facebook . The specific charge was “Villainous practices.”

Well, justice is swift in Morocco. Mourtada was convicted, and sentenced to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Moroccan bloggers expressed outrage to no effect. A good roundup of opinions is here.

I’m scratching Morocco off of my holiday list until they get their basic human rights situation in order.

You can sign a petition here to help free Mourtada. My guess is that it ain’t gonna help.