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-Saad Hossaini: Suspected of threatening internal security and forming a criminal group to carry out terrorist attacks. 6

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    Kamal Al-Shatbi: Sentenced to 20 years. Between 2000 and 2001, he met Osama Bin

Laden in camps belonging to Moroccan Salafists in Afghanistan. He was arrested upon arrival in Morocco.

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    Tariq Al-Yahyawi: Arrested with 46 suspects belonging to Al-Hanweeshi group, which

was implicated in the murder of several Moroccan officers.

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    Mohammed Al-Shatbi: Sentenced to 20 years in prison and implicated in secret illegal

migration networks.

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    Abdul Hadi Al-Thahabi: Sentenced to death for the murder of two Moroccan citizens.

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    Hisham Al-Alami & Mohammed Moheem: Sentenced to life in prison: No information

available on whether he was convicted of terrorism-related charges.

Mohammed Al-Shazli: Sentenced to 20 years. No information available on whether he was convicted of terrorism related charges. 7

The Search

The Moroccan authorities have increased security forces on the borders as they believe the prisoners are planning to escape the country. This includes the country’s eastern borders, where al-Qaeda in the Land of Islamic Maghreb has established camps. They have also enhanced security in the northern territory closest to Spain.8

Not the First Prison Break

This is not the first time a prisoner has escaped from this particular prison. In December 2007, a prominent drug dealer, Mohammed Al-Wazzani (alias Nini), who had been sentenced to eight years, was able to escape to Spain.9 Al-Wazzani escaped by simply walking out of prison and getting into a vehicle.10 The Justice Ministry was informed a week after his escape. Eight people working inside Kenitra prison were implicated in Al- Wazzani’s escape.11 The circumstances around the al-Wazzani escape and this recent

6 “AFP: Casablanca Bombing Convicts Tunnel Out of Prison: Officials” AFP, 8 April 2008 http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gMlNOUSy4PsOuLYOecBPRLwbKqig

7 “Ayman Bin Altahami: The Accountability of the Moroccan Security is threatened”. Elaph, 14 April 2008 http://65.17.227.80/ElaphWeb/Politics/2008/4/321299.htm

8 “Ayman Bin Altahami: The Accountability of the Moroccan Security is threatened”. Elaph, 14 April 2008 http://65.17.227.80/ElaphWeb/Politics/2008/4/321299.htm

9 “Moktadir Mehdi: Escape of a Drug Baron out of Kenitra Prison” Maroctek, December 2007 http://www.maroctek.com/forum90/thread30431.html

10 “Ayman Bin Altahami: Salafists and a Drug Baron Turned Kenitra into a Thrilling Capital” Elaph, 10 April 2008 http://65.17.227.80/ElaphWeb/Reports/2008/4/320174.htm

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