Rabat - The La Creme Marrakech shooting continues to bring more suspects down.
Rabat – The La Creme Marrakech shooting continues to bring more suspects down.
On Sunday, Moroccan authorities arrested two Moroccan-Dutch brothers for their alleged connection with the mafia behind Marrakech’s La Creme shooting, which occurred in November 2017.
A new statement by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the two are brothers of the mastermind of the criminal act.
The press release added that the arrests were made in an area between the northern cities of Oued Laou, Tetouan, and Al Hoceima.
The two suspects are also the subject of an international arrest warrant for their alleged involvement in the case, according to the statement.
Investigations determined the direct involvement of the two defendants and their participation in “this international homicide.”
During the arrest, police seized money, cell phones, computer storage media, and a car.
The two defendants were placed in custody pending further investigation to find any additional individuals involved in the crime.
The mafia-related crime instilled fear among Moroccans as shootings are rare in Morocco. The incident made international headlines.
On November 2, two masked individuals shot and killed a 26-year old man at La Creme Cafe in Marrakech. Two others were injured. The shooters then fled the scene on a motorcycle.
Authorities caught and arrested the two Dutch shooters who had entered Morocco with tourist visas, claiming that they were interested in exploring the city of Marrakech.
The two suspects were targeting the cafe’s owner, but they hit the wrong target, killing a medical student. The cafe owner had reportedly stolen €27 million from a mafia boss’s cocaine shipment, according to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae.
Following the incident, a vehicle came to carry the shooters and their motorcycle to a place near Marrakech’s airport, where the motorcycle and murder weapons were found burnt a couple of hours after the shooting.
In May, Moroccan media reported that security forces had linked the incident to cocaine dealings between the Dutch mafia and the owner of the cafe.
Media also reported that Moroccan authorities allegedly arrest ten senior officers of the royal gendarmerie across several cities, including Marrakech, Tangier, and Tetouan.