Rabat – Two individuals were arrested Thursday morning for the rape of a mentally challenged minor that led to her death. The victim’s body was discovered Monday August 21, in front of the Moulay Baghdad cemetery in the city of Zeghanghane in the Nador province.
Local authorities in Nador proceeded, on Thursday, August 24, to arrest two people for “their alleged involvement in a case of luring a minor girl, not assisting someone in danger, and the concealment of the corpse of the victim,” reads a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN).
According to preliminary investigations, the two accused, aged 22 and 23, took the victim, who was mentally disabled, to a dwelling where she was raped before “she was seized with a discomfort which caused her death in the same place,” said the DGSN.
The two accused then got rid of the body of the victim in front of the gate of the cemetery, where she was found the next day, adds the statement.
The investigations carried out by the security services led to the identification of two of the perpetrators and their arrest, as well as the seizure, in their residence, of some medication likely to contain biological traces of the victim, explained the DGSN. The body of the victim was subjected to an autopsy in order to determine the cause of death.
The two accused were placed in police custody and are under the disposal of the investigation conducted by the Nador Judicial Police Brigade. Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances of this case, and the police intend to arrest a third suspect whose identity has also been determined.
The case comes only days after a violent sexual assault of another mentally challenged girl on a bus in Casablanca, which sparked uproar in the Moroccan public and led to protests all over the country.