Moroccan security services have arrested 5 foreigners for their presumed involvement with networks forging Moroccan documents.
Rabat – Morocco’s National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) arrested on late Thursday five foreign nationals holding Israeli passport for collaborating with a network forging Moroccan IDS, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced shortly after the arrest.
According to the statement, the suspects have links with the Moroccan birth documents-forging network, which Moroccan authorities dismantled earlier this month.
While investigations are still ongoing, it is understood that the DGSN has reasons that network is spearheaded by Moroccans, including a Moroccan Jew, who have been active in selling fake Moroccan IDs to non-Moroccan Jews.
Two of the suspects apprehended on Thursday are not new to the business of document- falsification, according to the DGSN statement. The two are believed to have links with similar networks in countries other than Morocco.
Both are subjects of Interpol red notices for aerostation and extradition. One is thought to be linked to human and drugs trafficking networks, while the other is believed to have been implicated in homicides and related organized crimes at the international level.
After searching the suspects’ homes, the police found large sums of money including in national and foreign currencies; a considerable quantity of hashish, fake Moroccan IDs, and many telephones and other electronic gadgets.
The five suspects are currently under police custody as authorities continue investigations to shed further light on the document-falsifying network.
The news comes amid hectic Morocco-Israel relations.
In the past months, there have been talks of Israel demanding compensation for Moroccan Jews who lost properties during World War II. There were also reports of perceived diplomatic normalization between Morocco and Israel.
In the first half of the 20th century around World War II, there were as many as 260,000 Jews in Morocco.
While that number has considerably dwindled over the years, the North African country is still widely believed to have not expelled its Jewish communities, nor dispossessed them of material and financial resources.
Around 10,000 Moroccan Jews live in Morocco to this day, according to official estimates.