Omar Benjelloun

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Omar Benjelloun (1936, Oujda - 18 December 1975, Casablanca) was a Moroccan journalist, engineer, lawyer and trade union activist.


Following his graduation in telecommunications and law in Paris, Benjelloun returned to Morocco to take up a post as a regional director in telecommunications in Casablanca.[1] He went on to become the general secretary of the socialist party USFP (Union Socialiste des Forces Populaires), of which he had been a founding member, and editor of its newspaper Al Muharrir.[2]

In 1963 he received a death sentence, but was later pardoned. He was again arrested in 1966 and 1973 and subjected to torture.

On 18 December 1975 he was stabbed or battered to death in front of his home in Casablanca.[3] It is suspected that he was killed by the Chabiba islamia.[4]


  1. ^ "Affaire Omar Benjelloun. Le crime aux mille mystères". Telquel. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Azzedine Layachi (2002). "Militant Islam in Morocco: The Perils of Exclusion and the Risks of Inclusion". NITLE Arab World Project. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Il y a 35 ans disparaissait Omar Benjelloun". Libération. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paradigmatic Jihadi Movements" (PDF). Combating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy. 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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