By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, Morocco, March 15, 2013
Moroccans all over the country have been shocked by the tragic news of the policeman, Hasan Balouti, who shot his three colleagues inside a police station in Balaksiri, not far from Kenitra city last Sunday.
While the official sources are still closing their doors and mouths under the justification of a serious inquiry still being undertaken, people in cafés and families are all talking, analyzing and waiting for the right answers to their questions about the reasons that might push a policeman to shoot his colleagues and kill them in cold blood
A retired ex-policeman who has spent many years in the police services commented on the event by saying that “I am afraid that there are many other ‘Hassan Balouti’ who are feeling the same feelings as the perpetrator: huge family problems, bad living conditions as they have bank loans (banks and credit agencies take more than half of their salaries), endure an absence of good leadership inside police stations, corruption, stress, disrespect and miscommunication between the chiefs and the element of the police body.”
Mr. Ali, a teacher from Smara said, “there is no smoke without fire.” He added that “surely, the anger of the policeman and his unacceptable and unreasonable criminal behavior should be taken seriously by the authorities so as to find out the real reasons and to stop the repetition of a similar tragedy that mars the reputation of our police services.”
According to Hespress news website, the lawyer of the policeman Hassan Balouti asked for a “just trial and unveiling the truth for Moroccans” because the killer, in his opinion, “is only a victim of corruption and psychological stress and tension.”
Certainly, this sad event should be an opportunity to open a courageous and frank public debate about the problems of citizens with corrupt policemen because if we do not fight corruption inside our courts and police stations, nothing will change in our country. The real mission of policemen and policewomen is to protect the citizens and to serve them, not to exploit them and abuse them.
Several members of the security forces have been indicted for being linked to drug lords, participation in drug smuggling and prostitution nets.
What happened in Kenitra is nothing but a direct consequence of our silence.
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