Last January, a Muslim convert to Christianity was arrested in Fez on grounds that he was proselytizing to Muslims. The apostate was approached by two police officers while in the city’s train station. They asked him questions while searching his bag, where they found a Bible and other Christianity-related books. Suspected of proselytizing, the man was taken to the police station for interrogation. For 11 hours until he was finally released, the Christian was questioned about his beliefs, his movements, and the organization that would pay for his travels.
According to Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, a proselytizer may face “six months to three years prison and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams” for using the “means of seduction in order to convert” a Muslim “to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions.”