By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, May 23, 2012
According to several news outlets, Mustapha Mufid, Rabat head of the Police Department, was severely beaten by two young drunk men while he was reprimanding them during the opening of Mawazin Festival last Friday. Yet, due to the alleged interference of a high ranking official, the case of the two attackers was not investigated.
The incident occurred on the official dais hosting the Crown Prince. Mustapha Mufid was first insulted harshly, and then assaulted.
According to the Arabic newspaper Akhbar Alyawm, the police chief was hit several times before the security intervened to arrest the suspects. The latter were immediately taken to the police station. But to Mr. Mufid’s dismay, they were released that same night, after a senior official reportedly interceded in their favor.
The incident was triggered when one of the two men allegedly discarded a cigarette butt into the red carpet used for receiving the official guests. After ordering them to leave, the police chief was stunned to receive blows from the two young men who were under the heavy influence of alcohol.
The situation of the police chief could have been worse, had not the bodyguard of the Crown Prince hurriedly intervened to save him.
Since the commissioner was forced to renounce his claim, the two assailants no longer run the risk of being recaptured. This case will no doubt stir a debate on the administration of justice in Morocco.One can safely argue that the culprits would not receive the same “preferential”, had they been “ordinary” citizens, for every one knows what sentence awaits a person who attack a public servant, while the latter is in duty.
After the occurrence of the incident, many Moroccans resorted to social media to voice their displeasure at the impunity still afforded to influential people. People were unanimously calling on the government to keep its promise regarding the implementation of the spirit of the constitution, according to which all Moroccans, regardless of their social status, are equal before the law.
Now the ball is in the government’s corner and its credibility will depend on whether it will have the courage to open an investigation into what happened and punish the perpetrators.