By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, June 19, 2012
According to the daily Al Massae, last Wednesday, the judge of the primary court in Rabat ordered the judicial police to open an investigation into the case of a police officer from Rabat who allegedly tortured a street vendor from the city of Sale.
After being harassed and detained inside the garage of one of the buildings, the female street vendor filed a complaint against the police officer, accusing him of extortion, assault, battery and threats.
A trusted source informed the daily Al Massae that the representative of the General Attorney met with the alleged victim and promised to open an investigation into the matter.
It appears that the street vendor was being constantly chased by the police officer since early June. As revealed in her complaint, the female street vendor asked the alleged defendant more than once to keep away from her, but he always ordered her to pay a sum of money in return for allowing her to display her goods in “Fall Ould Amir” Street, in the district of Agdal, Rabat.
The victim claimed that the police officer ripped her off 600MDH that was in her possession the moment of arrest, which was considered bribery and extortion in return for allowing her to exercise her commercial activities.
The victim reported that she had already been transferred to the headquarters of the security where she was subjected to verbal abuse, slander and insults after refusing to comply with the request of the police officer by affording a regular sum of money.
The same source added that the victim was transported to the hospital after being tortured, which resulted in serious injuries in the sensitive areas of her body and a nervous breakdown.
The services of the state security of Rabat will summon the police officer in order to listen to his account regarding the charges brought against him. The victim will be required to provide medical evidences confirming her health problems.
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