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Monday, May 24, 2010

Naciri Scandal in Morocco.

Just when I think Morocco is moving sheepishly towards some semblance of legality and rule of law, the current minister of communications, Khaled Naciri and his son's thuggery shake my belief. Friday night, the son of said minister was involved in an altercation with another motorist in front of the parliament building in Rabat. The argument escalated into Naciri jr.'s assault and stabbing of the other motorist, a local doctor residing in Rabat.

The police was vigilant this time and quickly moved to arrest the son of the minister. However, the latter was quick to call his father, who showed up personally at the scene to extract his son and take him home. According to eye witnesses, the minister was quick to threaten the recalcitrant policeman holding his son in custody, stating: "are you going to let the boy go, or should I do my work?" Consequently, the policeman releases Naciri jr. amidst vociferous condemnation by the few present bystanders (on youtube).

This is the latest in a long series of similar events that showcases how Morocco's officials treat the corpus of the laws in the kingdom. Instead of being a role model for all Moroccans by respecting law enforcement, Mr. Naciri's message is loud and clear: there are two sets of laws in the country, one for those that wield any form of state authority, who abuses their power with impunity. Another set of laws is duly implemented when downtrodden Moroccans are concerned.

Any country's move towards a modicum for good governance has to empower the supremacy of the laws. In fact, the rule of law is key to improving the quality of governance of any political system. In democratic states, such abhorrent and blatant disregard for the rule of law would result in investigation of the minister's actions and eventual resignation. We should not settle for less in Morocco. Mr. Naciri (and his son) should be held accountable for their actions that Friday night.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. Since a couple of years the situation is deteriorating. Soon Morocco will become a NO GO ZONE for foreigners

Anonymous said...

It may even become a NO GO ZONE for the great majority of Moroccans.

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Anonymous said...

I was wondering what was your source for this piece of information... As a journalist myself, I wouldn't write any information if I cannot verify its source.
Rumors can go so fast and can be distorted and misinterpreted from one person to another.
I would have been able to write a best seller article if I wanted, but deontological values come first. I cannot use defamation to sell a newspaper.
A more thoughtful essay would have been welcome.
My aim here is not to criticize your article but rather to restore truth, especially toward a person and a public political figure that have sacrificed so much to serve his country.
PS: You can have more information about the incident from the police office in Rabat.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous:

Journalist yourself? At M.A.P?
I guess you'll be at the police office in Rabat to answer our questions...

What happened is simply disgusting and shows to all Moroccans the true nature of the regime they live under.

This Minister should be sanctioned by the King or else, regular people have little value in Morocco.

Shame, shame, shame!!!

Anonymous said...

cheap, cheap conclusions.

Maghrebi said...

Mr/Mrs. anonymous: thanks for your comment. However I cannot take it seriously when you suggest we obtain accurate information about the incident from the police station. You must be joking?! I will leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

The accident was filmed by cameras and the sequence was posted on FB, Twitter ... NAciri by himself talked about it ..

Anonymous said...

so there is no need to police report ...

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