Raissouni was sentenced under Article 490 of the legal code of the Muslim kingdom, which punishes sexual relations out of wedlock [File: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters]

A court in Morocco has sentenced journalist Hajar Raissouni to a year in jail for having had an “illegal” abortion and sexual relations outside of marriage.

The 28-year-old’s Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist on Monday were also handed one and two-year jail sentences, respectively, while an anaesthetist and medical assistance were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, also respectively.

Raissouni was arrested on August 31 as she left a clinic in the capital, Rabat, where her lawyer Saad Sahli said she had been undergoing treatment for internal bleeding.

But the prosecution insisted she showed signs of pregnancy and

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