Video footage of a man meditating for the judge to negotiate the reduction of a defendant’s sentence in return for a cash payment has gone viral on social media.
Rabat – The public prosecutor in Casablanca has opened an investigation into the alleged corruption of a judge.
Police launched the investigation after a video of a conversation between a man and a women negotiating an agreement to reduce the sentence of a defendant went viral on social media.
The video shows a man claiming to know the judge ruling on the case of a woman accused of forming a gang.
The man appears in the video talking to the judge on the phone to confirm the agreement.
He asked the woman in the video footage for MAD 35,000 in exchange for agreeing a sentence reduction for her mother from 8 months to 2 through negotiations with the judge.
The investigation led to the arrest of the man in the video, reported Moroccan Arab-speaking news outlet Hespress.
After interrogating the suspect, the judicial police found out that he was already known to the police for his involvement in fraud and corruption. He lives in Casablanca’s Korea neighborhood, reported le360.
The suspect admitted to receiving a certain amount of money in exchange for his intervention, according to Hespress.
In a condemnatory statement to Hespress, the head of the Hassania Association of Judges of Casablanca, Mohamed Redouane, said that “the content of the video reflects the presence of intermediaries extorting citizens and persuading them to get their money illegally, claiming that they have relations within the courts.”
“We can only condemn the actions of such people who seek to discredit the judiciary and judges in order to obtain material aims,” added Redouane.
The judge stressed that “the suspect should be an example for everyone who entrusts himself to speak on behalf of judges and to fraud litigants.”