Rabat- Police in Marrakech have opened an investigation into a French national for wearing the Moroccan flag in a video.
The 38-second-long footage shows the 61-year-old French national wearing nothing but the Moroccan flag draped around his waist while drinking alcohol and dancing on a table in front of guests.
The man reportedly owns a bar and restaurant in Guliz neighborhood in Marrakech.
The video has offended Moroccan citizens on social media and led to the opening of an investigation on Tuesday, September 4, to determine the circumstances of and reasons for the act, reported Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN).
According to Morocco’s penal code, insulting the emblem and symbols of the kingdom is punishable by imprisonment from six months to three years in addition to a fine of MAD 10,000 to 100,000. If the offense is committed in front of a group of people, the penalty increases to one to five years in prison.
An unsuccessful attempt to insult the national symbols is equally punishable. The offender may even lose his or her civil rights or be banned from entering the national territory, according to Article 40 of the penal code.