Three Men Arrested in Casablanca for Counterfeit Money

Rabat – Judicial police in Casablanca arrested three men accused of attempting to sell counterfeit banknotes of MAD 200.The three forgers were detained this week in Casablanca by the members of the judicial police, according to Le360 news website.Members of a large network producing false banknotes with sophisticated computer equipment, the three men were arrested and police conducted detailed searches inside their homes where they confiscated a total of MAD 59,000 in MAD 200 banknotes. According to the same source, the thugs were detained in different locations. The leader was arrested in Sefrou, central Morocco in the Fez-Bouleman region.A second criminal was arrested in Fez and the third one was caught red-handed trying to exchange his faux MAD 200-bill at a store in the Al Mustaqbal neighborhood in Casablanca.The three men remain in custody of the police in Casablanca pending the outcome of an investigation conducted by the Prosecutor General.A large number of counterfeit banknotes has been circulating in Morocco’s major cities. Last October, merchants and nightclub owners denounced a “massive flow” of fake money received from customers.Fraudulent bills have been largely circulating in the Derb Omar neighborhood in Casablanca, according to several business managers, gas station operators and local residents, cited by Moroccan daily Al Massae. read more

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Mauritanian minister highlights countrys successful efforts to combat terrorism

After heavy fighting in 2010 and 2011, and despite a complex regional situation, Mauritania has faced the threat of terrorism successfully. “We have strengthened our defensive capacities while respecting human rights and putting in place a policy of sustainable development,” he explained. In addition, Mauritania has succeeded in building a constructive dialogue with the opposition and civil society, improving governance and reforming institutions, particularly with regard to women’s rights. Mauritania, he continued, has reformed its legal frameworks on the basis of international agreements, in particular, to better combat terrorism. To this end, he noted the conclusion of agreements with some groups in order to allow their members to reintegrate into society in a productive way. Mauritania, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has eradicated illegal migration from its territory, the Minister continued. “We also set out a roadmap on the fight against terrorism, including through a social assistance program,” he said, adding that repatriation programmes have also been implemented for migrants, in order to enable them to return to the country under favourable conditions. The Minister also spoke about the problems caused by climate change in the Sahel region. In this regard, he encouraged all parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change to honour their commitments in order to limit the impacts of the phenomenon. read more

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