The Prefectural Police in Tetouan, a city in northern Morocco, arrested on Friday a Spanish national who was the subject of an international arrest warrant from the Spanish judicial police, and a red notice from the Interpol.
Rabat – The 58-year-old was subject to the international arrest warrant and red notice from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for an alleged premeditated murder, kidnapping, and escape from prison.
According to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), the man, who goes by the nicknames “El Ruso” and “El Rober,” is linked to a violent criminal network in Spain.
The suspect took advantage of a hospital visit in Madrid to escape from prison on November 1, 2018, with use “violence against civil guards,” said the same source.
The suspect managed to enter Morocco with a fake passport before local police in Tetouan identified him.
The suspect is currently in custody pending more investigations before extradition to Spain.
The investigations and arrest of the suspect are the fruit of a collaboration between Moroccan and Spanish security services.
Morocco and Spain share strong cooperation in countering terrorism and fighting transnational criminal networks.
Following with King Felipe VI of Spain’s visit to Morocco in February, the two countries signed an agreement to combat terrorism; track down terrorist financing; fight drug trafficking, human trafficking, arbitrary arrest and detention, property crimes, money laundering, illicit trade of firearms, explosives, and nuclear materials.