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A court sentenced nine men for their roles in the bombing at a Marrakesh cafe that killed 17 people. The cell leader was sentenced to death, his deputy was given a life sentence, and seven others received jail terms ranging from three to four years.
Police detained five members of an al Qaeda-linked cell in Sale and Casablanca. The cell pledged allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri; used the Internet to link up with al Qaeda groups in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, and Somalia; and plotted attacks against Western targets.
Security forces broke up an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb cell known as the Al-Battar Brigade. Three members of the cell, which planned to travel outside the country to fight, were detained.
Adel Othmani, the prime suspect in the Marrakesh bombing that killed 17 people in April, retracted his confession and told the court he was set up by the intelligence service. Othmani faces the death penalty if convicted.
King Mohammed VI vowed to change the constitution to give more power to the parliament and the prime minister, as well as reform the judiciary. The king would still exercise power with the military, national security, and religious affairs.
France has opened an investigation into the April 28 bombing at a cafe in Marrakesh that killed 17 people. Eight French citizens were among those killed in the attack.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied involvement in the bombing at a cafe in Marrakesh that killed 16 people. "We deny any link to this explosion and declare we are in no way involved in this operation," the AQIM statement said.
The interior minister said the man who built the bomb that killed 16 people at a cafe in Marrakesh "was expelled from Portugal in 2004 and from Libya in 2008, when he was trying to get to Iraq." The bomb maker is a Salafist and learned how to build the bomb on the internet.
Police arrested three suspects thought to be involved with the April 28 bombing at a cafe in Marrakesh that killed 16 people. The lead suspect is said to be "loyal" to al Qaeda.
The interior minister said that the explosion in Marrakesh that killed 16 people was caused by a remotely detonated bomb. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is the prime suspect in the Marrakesh attack, as the explosive used was TATP.