The case attracted international attention and human rights organizations protested against the indictment after Raissouni went on a hunger strike in April, which lasted for 93 days on Friday.
Suleiman Raissouni began his hunger strike in April after being held for a year and denied temporary release. His lawyers met him in custody, but he did not attend the trial, prompting the judge to warn him and the lawyers to protest the judiciary.
Lawyers say he cannot walk alone and that an ambulance has been denied access to the court. They are now demanding that he be taken to hospital instead of prison, where his health has deteriorated.
Supporters of the former editor-in-chief of a now-defunct newspaper believe the case is part of an official smear campaign against journalists and critical activists.
On Friday, the trial of another journalist accused, in addition to espionage, of committing violations also began.
The two journalists examined the authorities and the judiciary. Human rights organizations in the country claim that the two charges are political, but the government rejects all charges and says that the courts and police only follow the law and are politically independent.
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