The Case of Shaykh Hassan al-Kattani:
The government ignored the rich history of the the al-Kattani family in spreading Islamic knowledge and the role they played for Moroccan independence in fighting the colonial forces until the liberation of the country. They overlooked the case of the defense that the Kattani household had produced scholars that have honored Morocco around the world. It seemed to the family as if their reward was to have one of their sons sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, in a case he has no connection with.
Shaykh Hassan al-Kattani suffered four months of pretrial detention in Sala prison, from where he was kidnapped and taken to an unknown location and subsequently abused. There he was put in solitary confinement and stripped of all his clothes except what covers the private parts. He was not Allowed to have a Quran nor speak to others. Even reciting prayers aloud was not allowed. From the secret prison he was then transferred to ‘Ain al-Birja prison in Casablanca where he was locked up in a filthy toilet.
As for the trial itself, then it was the quickest ever in history. Despite his refutation of all the charges against him and argumentation with the judge, who could not prove any crime against him, al-Kattani was unjustly sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. To note he was not charged based on evidence by the police or any investigation of any crime but instead based upon alleged confessions by a group of brothers that stated they attended lessons by him on: “The Principles of Salafi Jihadism”! Read the rest of this entry »