UN group says torture less prevalent in Morocco

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RABAT, Morocco (AP) - A U.N. delegation investigating detention conditions in Morocco says torture occurs there, but is no longer as systematic as it once was.

Delegation chief Malick Sow said Wednesday that in 2012 there were 30 cases of police accused of torture.

He said, "We noted that torture still exists in Morocco, but it is no longer a systematic policy of the state."

After visiting detention centers and meeting with human rights groups and government officials, Sow said Morocco should revise its 2003 anti-terror law to ensure precise charges and fair trials. The group also criticized confessions that are obtained in detention without a lawyer present.

Morocco has acknowledged that systematic torture existed as state policy under King Hassan II but not since his son, Mohamed VI, took the throne in 1999.

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