Members of the Moroccan Parliament were called to an extraordinary session in Rabat on Wednesday (21 July) to debate last week's attempted coup.
Members of the Moroccan Parliament were called to an extraordinary session in Rabat on Wednesday (21 July) to debate last week's attempted coup. Prime Minister Ahmed Larakisaid told parliament that 48 military personnel were among the 97 people killed during the 10 July attack on King Hassan's residence.
The members of parliament were to specifically debate a bill to set up a special "state security court", proposed by King Hassan. He has said that over 900 troops have been taken prisoner since the coup, and that those against whom evidence of responsibility is found will be tried by the special court.
Commanded by 10 regular Army officers, who were subsequently executed by firing squad, some 1,400 officer cadets stormed the King's seaside palace. Most of the cadets claimed that they had been misled--having been told the King was in danger.
SYNOPSIS: Deputies of the Moroccan Parliament were called to an extraordinary session in Rabat on Wednesday, to debate a special bill concerning last week's attempted coup. The bill, proposed by King Hassan, calls for the creation of a special state security court to hear evidence against some of those who took part in the coup.
Following opening remarks by the President of the Parliament, the members were to get down to general discussion on the bill.
The first official speaker in the debate was Prime Minister Ahmed Larakisaid. He told parliament that ninety-seven people were killed and one-hundred wounded during the tenth of July attack on the King's seaside palace. The Prime Minister said that subsequent events proved that most of the army remained loyal to the King, when the attackers realised that the King was not in danger as they had been led to believe.