The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) has categorically denied information published by national news sites, citing the Italian press, alleging that three Moroccan men attempted to "rape" and "kidnap" an Italian national in Rabat.
Rabat -Italian newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera published a news story in which it claimed that three men has allegedly attacked an Italian woman in Rabat as she was returning home from a night out with friends to celebrate her birthday.
According to the same source, the alleged victim had been celebrating her 23rd birthday near Hassan Tower and the Italian embassy with colleagues and friends. Around 1 a.m. she was returning to her riad when in front of the building, she was attacked by three men who tried to remove her pants.
She resisted the assault and had started to escape when one of the men took out a knife and stabbed her leg four times.
Moroccan authorities have quickly denied the allegations contained in the news report.
“In order to enlighten public opinion, the DGSN asserts that the only complaint received by the police headquarters in Rabat relates to an attempted violent robbery filed by an Italian student during her probationary period in Morocco, against of three individuals who, in a light vehicle, attempted to steal it around 02:30 am, at the street al Adarissa in Rabat,” Morocco DGSN said in a statement.
Moroccan security services “registered the complaint and watched the recording of the surveillance camera placed near the scene of the incident, which showed an individual coming out of a parked light car, and whose identity is being identified through facial recognition.”
Investigations are underway to identify the owner of the vehicle used in this attack and to arrest other possible accomplices in this case, said the source.
DGSN said that the judicial inquiry into the complaint filed by the Italian national for attempted theft is still pending, under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office, while it refutes all the allegations seeking to portray this incident as a case of attempted rape and kidnapping.