Category Archives: Morocco

Parents of men who ‘raped and tortured’ a girl, 17, in Morocco say she had a ‘bad reputation’ and ‘wanted this’

The parents of two of the men suspected of raping and torturing a 17-year-old girl in Morocco have accused her of having a ‘bad reputation’ in the area.

Officials have arrested 12 men after Khadija Okkarou was kidnapped and sold to a gang who raped and forcibly tattooed her before she was dumped back at her family home near Beni Melal after two months.

The case has sparked outrage in Morocco as it emerged she endured extreme violence during the ordeal with a video was posted online showing her arms, leg and neck covered in tattoos and cigarette burns.


Morocco shock at ‘Khadija brutal rape ordeal’

Moroccans are expressing shock on social media at the details given by a 17-year-old of her rape ordeal.

In a TV interview last week, the young woman, being named as Khadija, said she was abducted by a gang in June, held for two months, sexually assaulted and tortured.

She also showed scars, cigarette burns and tattoos on her body, which she said were given to her by her captors.


Paris hires Moroccan police officers to take back control of migrant ghetto

Four officers from Morocco are scheduled to help deal with young criminal migrants. They will be patrolling the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood of Paris, where many migrants live openly on the streets, in the hopes to combat their increased problems with violence, drugs, and prostitution, according to a report by BFMTV.


Imam charged with raping young girls shocks Morocco’s Marrakesh

None of the people living in one of the Moroccan cities around Marrakesh imagined that an Imam would harass their minor girls. Some of the families used to send their daughters to the mosque to learn the rules of reciting memorizing the Quran by the Imam, especially after he became trustworthy by the residents of the Douar city in Helwan at Sti Fatima University of Marrakesh.


Saudi Arabia: Critics slam human trafficking of Moroccan ‘maids for sale’

In Saudi Arabia, pictures of Moroccan women have been circulated on social media to be sold as housemaids for lump sums of cash. The Twitter picture above shows two Moroccan women being advertised for “sale” as a domestic worker. The woman on the right is described as being 30 years old, with five years’ work experience in Saudi Arabia, and knows how to cook and clean; she is offered for 1500 Saudi riyal (€325, $397). The woman on the left is described as “able to cook Saudi dishes and enjoys children.” She is also being offered for 1500 riyal.


Moroccan Isis terrorists ‘pose a threat on Europe’s doorstep’

As the hunt intensifies for members of a Moroccan-led cell thought to be responsible for the terror attacks in Spain, attention has turned to the hundreds of returned jihadists across the Strait of Gibraltar who intelligence officials fear pose a large, residual threat on Europe’s doorstep.

Up to 1,000 jihadists are thought to have been smuggled back to Morocco and Tunisia from the battlefields of Islamic State’s now crumbling caliphate. About 300 are thought to have returned to Morocco, from where six of the 12 terrorists who carried out the attacks in Catalonia are believed to have hailed.


Morocco: 15 Teenagers Treated for Rabies After Engaging in Bestiality with Donkey

Rabat – Fifteen minors who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal.

The sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, explained Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition.

The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily.

Local authorities have been alerted and search for find anyone else who has “approached” and “admired” the animal closely, in order to limit the risk of rabies spreading among the inhabitants of the region.

The occurrence became the subject of mockery and ridicule among the population of the small town.


Meet Morocco’s ‘Terrorist Hunter’

Had it succeeded, the plot could have wiped out Morocco’s valuable tourist industry overnight. Holed up in the breezy surfing town of Essaouira, a cell of would-be ISIL gunmen were plotting an armed rampage, bringing extremist carnage to a resort famous for its hippy image.

But on June 22, the four suspects were arrested before they could act, sparing the resort once frequented by rock star Jimi Hendrix from mass bloodshed.

Officials claim they were aiming to repeat ISIL’s 2015 atrocity on a resort near Sousse in Tunisia, in which the group massacred 38 people and killed off the country’s tourism trade at the same time.


Reports: Morocco stops sale, production of full-face veil

Local media has reported that factories across Morocco were made to stop manufacturing burqas, while shops have been told to liquidate inventories. The Interior Ministry cited security concerns as grounds for the move.

Authorities in Morocco have prohibited both the manufacture and sale of the burqa for security reasons, local media has reported. Although there has been no official announcement from the government concerning the move, the new measures are set to take affect as soon as next week.

“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” news website “Le360” wrote, quoting a source in the Interior Ministry.

The source said the decision had been made for safety reasons, adding that “bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”


Moroccan Official: Germany Was Informed About Tunisian Suspect Before the Attack

Rabat – Moroccan intelligence services had allegedly informed their German counterparts about the possibility that the Anis Amiri, the alleged author of the Berlin attack on Monday, could perpetrate a terrorist attack on German soil.

According to a Moroccan official, who spoke to Morocco World News on condition of anonymity, Morocco’s intelligence services, otherwise known as DST, had alerted Germany’s Federal Foreign Service on September 19, 2016 of Anis Amiri’s jihadist tendencies and his alleged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

According to the same source, Moroccan intelligence services again reached out to their German counterparts on October 11, 2016 and informed them that Amiri had been illegally residing in Germany for 14 months and was meeting, on a regular basis, with two followers of ISIS described as “dangerous.”


Woman Sentenced to 4 Years for Desecrating Quran

Rabat – The board of Casablanca’s Ain Sebaa’s court has sentenced a 40-year-old woman to four years in prison and a fine of MAD 500 for desecrating copies of the holy Quran during a women’s prayer room in the “Lkhzama” mosque, located in the Casablanca neighborhood of Lissasfa last November.

The incident has sparked outrage among Lissasfa’s population, who protested against the woman’s act.

The mosque’s Imam, who caught the woman desecrating the Quran, and the women’s prayer room in complete disarray. Amid the mess, he found a copy of the Holy Quran covered with pieces of bread, urine and excrement.


Moroccan state TV shows women how to hide domestic violence

State broadcaster Channel 2M demonstrates how to cover up bruises with makeup and ‘carry on with your daily life’

Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a programme on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence.

The segment in the daily programme Sabahiyat, on Channel 2M, showed a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to mask marks of beating, on a woman with her face made up to appear swollen and covered with fake black and blue bruises.

“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life”, the host said at the end of the segment, broadcast on 23 November – two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.