Rabat - France based News Magazine Jeune Afrique published Monday on its website, a scan of an Official Extradition Request sent by a Moroccan Judge to “the Competent Dutch Authorities.” This came one day after the Hague’s claim that Morocco Did not filled necessary formalities for such demand.
Rabat – France based News Magazine Jeune Afrique published Monday on its website, a scan of an Official Extradition Request sent by a Moroccan Judge to “the Competent Dutch Authorities.” This came one day after the Hague’s claim that Morocco Did not filled necessary formalities for such demand.
In this letter, signed on June 2015 by judge Noureddine Dahane, Morocco asked Dutch authorities to “extradite Said Chaou for establishment of a criminal gang, corruption and international drug trafficking”, in line with articles 713 and 745 of Criminal Procedure Code.
In a portrait of Said Chaou, published with these documents, Jeune Afrique describes him as a person “combining all ingredients of a thriller: power, drugs and money.”
In association with a former neighbor of the Geezellelaan district of the town of Roosendaal, Najib Azaimi, Said Chaou carried out, until April 2010, several maritime expeditions of cannabis destined for the Spanish coasts. The quantities transported varied between 3,000 and 3,200 kg on board a zodiac belonging to Chaou”, recalled Jeune Afrique, which published also the international arrest warrants issued by Morocco against Chaou.
“In May 2010, Nador police seized 7.5 tons of cannabis to be shipped abroad by the two men. Najib Azaimi was captured and tried but Said Chaou had already left Morocco to take refuge in the Netherlands, taking advantage of the absence of a clause in the agreement binding the two countries on the extradition of Dutch nationals to Morocco”, added the Magazine.
On June 24, Morocco has demanded the extradition of Said Chaou following information “revealing the involvement of a drug dealer, without citing his name, in fueling protests in the north of the Kingdom of Morocco.”
According to the Moroccan foreign ministry, Chaou “has been seeking for months to provide funding and logistical support to the ongoing protests in northern Morocco.”
The press release stated that Morocco had in fact contacted the Dutch authorities about the crimes of a smuggler of Moroccan origin living in the Netherlands.
However, in reaction to this Moroccan diplomacy move, official Dutch sources, cited by Dutch newspaper Telegraaf, stated that “the necessary administrative formalities were not completed and Morocco offered only oral guarantees by telephone.” According to the Dutch Ministries, these guarantees are “not enough”.