The 'misleading' report pushed the DGSN to launch a judicial investigation into the allegations and claims.
Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has firmly denied false allegations from Spanish Television channel TV CUATRO. The channel ran a report that presented a Moroccan valet as a “drug lord earning €180,000 a month from selling smuggled psychotropic pills.”
In a statement, the DGSN said that it has seen the TV CUATRO report presenting the valet as “Morocco’s Escobar” and claiming that he is immune to judicial prosecution.
The report pushed the DGSN to launch a judicial investigation into the allegations.
According to the DGSN statement, the investigation uncovered that the alleged “Morocco’s Escobar” is actually a valet. The DGSN added that the Spanish crew convinced the man that he was participating in a film about a drug smuggler. He was offered a MAD 2000 compensation.
The DGSN subsequently arrested an individual in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta who had served as a broker for the TV CUATRO crew during the filming period. It was the broker who suggested that the valet portray the role of the alleged drug lord.
The broker along with the other Spanish journalists convinced the man that they belonged to a civil association fighting against drug addiction. They told him they needed to make up a scenario to get sponsors to fund their activities, according to the preliminary findings from the DGSN investigation.
The DGSN is holding both the valet and the broker in police custody pending the completion of the investigation to identify all suspects involved in carrying out the report.