Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghouat, alias El-Haqed, was sentenced by a Casablanca court to one year in prison Friday 11 May 2012, for damaging the image of the police.
The judgment was handed down without argument of the defense, which had withdrawn during the last hearing on May 7
This is the second conviction against a member of the 20 February movement, which has been protesting for political reforms in Morocco since the beginning of 2011.
El-Haqed was arrested March 29 on a complaint by the Director General of National Security who accused him of undermining the image of his institution. Moroccan police have criticized the rapper after he released a song on the Internet with photos showing contempt for the police.
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