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Moroccan court jails 14 migrants for 8 months over crossing

RABAT, Morocco A Moroccan court imposed 8-month prison sentences Thursday on 14 migrants for attempting, alongside a huge selection of others, to scale a border fence separating the north African country from the autonomous Spanish enclave of Melilla in June.

Nadors Court of First Instance also ordered the defendants to cover 2,000-dirham ($194) fines each on the events of June 24.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, referred to as AMDH, said at the very least 27 migrants attempting to enter Spain died that day, and numerous others both migrants and police were hurt.

The AMDH condemned your choice which is referred to as very harsh against individuals who only seek refuge.

Exactly the same court sentenced 33 migrants to 11 months in prison last month once they tried to climb the border wall between Morocco and Melilla, also on June 24.

The trial of 28 additional immigrants from Sudan, Chad, Yemen, and South Sudan who have been detained following the scaling attempt was postponed by the Nador Court of Interest August 17, because of the lack of witnesses.

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