The police caught Ouaya in the act after the Urban Agency Director asked a property developer for a MAD 500,000 bribe.
Rabat – The trial of former director of the Marrakech Urban Agency Khalid Ouaya is set to begin on Thursday, November 21. Police arrested Ouaya on July 4, 2019 on suspicion of corruption.
Back in July the Marrakech National Brigade of Judiciary Police (BNPJ) found a sum of MAD 500,000 in cash and a check for MAD 8,860,000 in the defendant’s car following his arrest.
The plaintiff in the case Rachid Hosni, a renowned real-estate developer, testified that he wrote the check out to Ouaya’s wife’s company. The defendant’s wife is also implicated in the case.
After searching Ouaya’s house, the BNPJ found a significant sum of money, amounting to MAD 2.5 million, in addition to numerous expensive items, including 42 luxurious watches and bracelet (Rolex, Hublot, Cartier, Bulgari), hundreds of jewellery set with precious stones, and more than 74 luxury handbags (Hermes, Valentino, Ferragamo, Prada, Céline, Christian).
The case goes back to July 2019, when Hosni reached out to the police to report an extortion attempt by the director of the Urban Agency. According to the real estate developer’s complaint, Ouaya had demanded a substantial bribe to speed up the authorization process for Hosni’s property development projects.
To corroborate the accusation, the Police set a trap for Ouaya, helped by Hosni.
The real-estate developer set up a meeting with Ouaya on July 4, at 5 pm to hand over the money the Urban Agency director had demanded. The police, watching the exchange from a distance, caught Ouaya in the act.
After taking the MAD 500,000 bribe from Hosni, Ouaya attempted to avoid arrest by quickly driving away in his official state-owned vehicle. Not far from the scene, Ouaya’s runaway attempt ended when he crashed into a police car.
The police opened an investigation to determine the full circumstances of the corruption case.