Apparently he stole the bear from a booth in a shopping mall, and then attacked a Pakistani worker who attempted to detain him. But according to the young man's lawyer, he was simply walking to his car when he saw a teddy bear on the ground and grabbed it.
Whether he did indeed willfully steal the teddy bear is irrelevant. What's notable is the severity of the sentence for a relatively harmless action. And what if he is innocent? Fine the kid, deport him (which is also a possibility), but 15 years is overkill.
On April 24, the student will find out his fate when the judge passes his verdict.
His lawyer argued that it made no sense for a person to steal an object worth 25 dirhams when he is able to afford a car.