Moroccan YouTuber, Moul Kaskita, Has Been Arrested for Insulting the King
The popular YouTuber posted a video wherein he criticizes King Mohammed VI—an inviolable law according to the kingdom's constitution.
The Star reports that popular Moroccan YouTuber Moul Kaskita, real name Mohamed Sekkaki, was arrested and appeared in court this past Tuesday after he was charged with "insulting Moroccans and constitutional institutions".
Moul Kaskita posted a video onto YouTube wherein he criticized King Mohammed VI's leadership and his fellow Moroccans' complacency when it comes to their rights.
In the 12-minute video, Moul Kaskita describes the king's speeches as being of no use because they rarely result in visible changes taking place within the country. He goes on to accuse fellow Moroccans of being complacent and calls them ignorant "donkeys" who "watch their rights being flouted without saying a word." Offended Moroccans who watched the video then issued their complaints to authorities who arrested the YouTuber in Settat, south of Casablanca—the country's largest city.
The Moroccan Kingdom's public prosecutor announced the charges laid against Moul Kaskita saying he would be, "[prosecuted for] public insults against individuals, indecent exposure through obscene gestures and behavior, contempt of constitutional institutions and possession of drugs."
It is against the kingdom's constitution to criticize the king. In fact, it is well established that the king is beyond public criticism and condemnation with the penalties for doing so being harsh.
Just last week, Moroccan rapper Gnawi was arrested and sentenced to a year in prison after a social media post that criticized the police. The musician reportedly became a target of law enforcement after he released the song "Aach al Chaab" which calls out corruption, unemployment and abuse at the hands of the government.
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