An appeals court endorses a prison sentence for Donia Batma

The Court of Appeal in Marrakesh sentenced Moroccan singer Donia Batma to 12 months in prison this morning, due to her pursuit of the case of blackmailing celebrities, known in the media as “Hamza Moon Bibi”.

On July 30, 2020, the Court of First Instance in Marrakech had sentenced Batma to 8 months in prison, before the Marrakesh Appeal issued its ruling to add 4 months in force, bringing the prison term in force to 12 months.

This ruling was issued against Dunia, as part of her follow-up on charges of participating in entering the automated data processing system by fraud and deliberately participating in obstructing the functioning of this system, causing disturbance in it and changing its treatment method. Batma was also convicted of broadcasting and distributing through the information systems the statements and photos of people without their consent, and broadcasting false facts with the intent to harm the private life of people with the intention of defaming them, and participating in this and threatening and obstructing the functioning of this system.

On the other hand, the initial verdict against the singer’s sister, Ibtisam Batmeh, was upheld for one year in prison.

Donia Batma had repeatedly denied her connection to the controversial account, and confirmed that she is being campaigned by people who want to offend her and undermine her “artistic success.” Batmah was banned from traveling several months ago, and she canceled her follow-up with a number of artists on the “Instagram” site, hinting that they did not support her in the recent crisis.

Artists and celebrities in Morocco and abroad said that the account “Hamza Moon Bibi” for which Batma was convicted, ruined the lives of many of them. Batma comes from an ancient artistic family in Morocco, and her star rose to prominence at the Arab level after her participation in the talent program “Arab Idol”.


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