Rabat – Residents of Sale are expressing outrage toward criminality after a young man was murdered on the street.
On Saturday, September 15, two men chased down and knived a young man in Sale, Rabat’s sister city across the Bouregreg River.
In her testimony, the mother of the victim said that her son was always receiving threats from the suspects. She said they had already informed her that they would kill him.
She added that she tried to talk to them and to convince them to refrain before. However, one of them told her, “We will kill him.”
The mother said that she even talked to one of the suspects’ fathers. The father told her that his son is “not good. If he said he will kill then he will kill.”
The tried to flee to Rabat, but the suspects ran after him with knives and murdered him when he could no longer run.
The suspects violently cut and hit the young man with their knives, killing him in the Al Qaria neighborhood of Sale.
Police arrested the two men, who showed investigators in front of a crowd how they murdered the young man.
As they were showing authorities how they killed him, the crowd started chanting, “Death penalty!”
The murder caused Sale residents to storm Al Qaria and protest criminality in the area.
Protesters carried banners saying: “We want a Sale without criminality.” Protesters also called on King Mohammed VI to intervene and ensure safety, good health services, and more security in the city.
Some people said that security authorities are doing a “good” job. The issue, according to protesters, is corruption in courts. Although police may arrest perpetrators of crimes, when it comes to prosecution, authorities may “play in files” and release suspects for bribes.