Rabat – Seven months after a shooting in La Crème Cafe in Marrakech where two masked suspects killed a 26-year old man and injured two other individuals, the police have arrested 10 senior officers of the royal gendarmerie in several cities for their involvement in the activities of the international criminal network linked to the shooting.
According to Al Massae, the investigating judge in charge of financial crimes in the Court of Appeals in Marrakech presided over the 10 officials who report to the Royal Gendarmerie in Larache, Tangiers, Tangier Med, Tetouan, Agadir, Settat, and Marrakech.
Placed in pre-trial detention, the ten face prosecution for corruption, disclosure of trade secrets and participation in international drug trafficking.
The masked gunmen were targeting the cafe owner in the evening shooting, but they killed a medical student who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The cafe owner allegedly received death threats before the incident.
The shooting was an act of “settling scores” in connection with an international drug trafficking network. The statement added that the network is also involved in similar crimes in some European countries.
The arrestat of the officials culminates a lengthy investigation. In the course of the investigation, police listened to more than 600 telephone conversations of 100 people alleged to have links to the shooting.
According to the same source, the officials were actually reported by the drug trafficking network, whiche operates in Morocco from abroad.
On the day after the November 2 shooting, Moroccan authorities made six arrests in connection with the shooting, in which one was killed and two were injured.
The arrests took place in Casablanca.