Police, Customs agents were Arrested Following Investigation Into Ill-Treatment Of Moroccan Expats
Morocco's king has ordered an investigation to be opened into corruption and harassment acts by police and customs agents at the country's border posts.
The investigation, which was launched following complaints by some Moroccan expatriates who were ill-treated during their crossing at several border posts. The initial investigation has led to the arrest of several police and customs agents.
The statement from the authorities said that "those concerned will be brought to justice" adding that the King will follow up in person with this issue, which erodes the country's image, in order to prevent a repeat of such acts in the future.
Each summer millions of Moroccans expats, living mostly in Europe, descend on the country for their yearly vacations. The king and Government have worked to to facilitate their journey, make them feel at home and tighten their relationship with their native country.
The Moroccans expats, who are estimated to be around four millions strong, ie: more than 10% of the population, represent an important source of foreign exchange and a critical factor in the country's economic development.