Six former Moroccan cabinet ministers went on trial in Rabat on Monday (25 September), with six senior officials and businessmen, on charges of corruption.
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Background: Six former Moroccan cabinet ministers went on trial in Rabat on Monday (25 September), with six senior officials and businessmen, on charges of corruption.
They are accused of using their high positions to favour some foreign firms wishing to invest capital in Morocco.
They are alleged to have obtained commissions of up to ten per cent when the companies received the permits or contracts to operate in the country. These commissions are alleged to have been deposited in accounts in Switzerland.
The indictment lists twenty-seven such dealings; the sums paid to the ministers or heads of state agencies is believed to total ten million francs (about GBP800,000 sterling).
Most of the accused were arrested last October when King Hassan announced his determination to stamp out corruption in high places after the abortive army coup of July last year. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
SYNOPSIS: The corruption trial of six former Moroccan cabinet ministers opened in Rabat on Monday. Six high officials and businessmen are also being charged with using their positions to favour some foreign firms wishing to invest money in Morocco.
The accused are being tried before a special court of justice set up to enforce laws against corruption. But, their lawyers claim the court is not competent to try the case because ex-ministers should be charged by the House of Representatives and tried by the High Court.
As relatives looked on, the court heard charges that the accused had accepted commissions from firms, believed to total ten million france..The trial is expected to last several weeks.