Police in Marrakech Arrest Frenchman for Attempted Murder


Rabat – Judicial police in Marrakech arrested on Tuesday, July 30, a French national. The suspect was the subject of an international arrest warrant from France.

The French national is wanted  for his involvement in an attempted murder with a firearm, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).

The incident dates back to April 20 2019.

Police arrested the suspect in an apartment he had rented in Marrakech.

Preliminary investigations show that the suspect was in possession of false identification papers.

Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation pending the extradition procedure. The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to strengthen international security corporations against organized crime.

This is not the first arrest that Moroccan security services made based on international arrest warrants.

In April Moroccan police in Essaouira also arrested a French national for links to an international drug trafficking network.

French authorities  issued an international arrest warrant against the suspect in 2017.

On July 20,  Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested a Moroccan holder of a French nationality suspected of involvement in extremism and criminal activities in France.

On October 31, 2018 French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian emphasized the importance of Moroccan-French security cooperation.

The French official said that security cooperation between the two countries “is essential to respond to the threat posed by the return of foreign fighters from the Syrian-Iraqi conflicts.”

He also emphasized that Morocco and France must respond to the pressures of terrorism and migratory issues in a “spirit of firmness, responsibility and humanity.”