In the case of the management of the markets falling within the framework of the organization of the COP 22 in which the mayor of Marrakech, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid is involved, the justice decided to summon all the accused parties.
On Friday, as the trial opened in the criminal chamber of the Marrakech Court of Appeal, where the PJDiste mayor, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, was to be heard, justice decided that the body responsible for the investigation would issue a summons to all the parties concerned, in particular the deputy mayor Youssef Benslimane.
The two men accused in the case of “squandering public funds” did not appear before the Marrakech Court of Appeal which postponed the hearing to April 30. The case that arose after a complaint from the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) concerns public contracts launched for the preparations for the organization of the climate summit in Marrakech.
The case concerns no less than 280 million dirhams and in the case, these two men are the main defendants, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid for “squandering of public funds placed under his responsibility by the nature of his function” and for the ” exercise of a regulated function without fulfilling the necessary conditions ”. For his part, his deputy is being prosecuted for the same charges and “embezzlement of public funds”.
The AMDH, which has lodged a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, is expected to follow this case as a civil party and must assign its lawyers to it to shed light on this financial scandal that public opinion will follow closely.
The investigation carried out by the Casablanca judicial police, which was put into the case after a request from the Marrakech section, continues and risks revealing new parties involved. So far, the beneficiaries of these public contracts have been heard.