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Aziz BineBine was born in Marrakesh in 1946. He completed his secondary education in the French lycée system and then entered the Royal Military Academy, becoming an officer in the Moroccan army. Appointed as an instructor to train recruits at Ahermoumou military school, he was involved in the 1971 coup d’état against King Hassan II. Judged and condemned, he spent eighteen years in the horrific prison of Tazmamart. Ten years after his release, to honor his comrades who died in prison, he wrote a memoir, Tazmamort.