Morocco dismisses allegations of Omerani’s kidnapping as ‘baseless’

Public prosecutor at the Criminal Court of First Instance of Casablanca says Chafik Omerani is wanted for his alleged involvement in criminal acts, by publishing series of video tapes contemptuous of constitutional institutions, constituted bodies and public officials.

RABAT - The allegations spread on social media according to which Chafik Omerani was kidnapped are "completely baseless", said on Sunday the public prosecutor at the Criminal Court of First Instance of Casablanca.

The person concerned was wanted for his alleged involvement in criminal acts, by publishing a series of video tapes contemptuous of constitutional institutions, constituted bodies and public officials, the King's Prosecutor underlined in a statement.

After being arrested on February 6, 2021, and being informed of his rights, he was placed on custody, the source said, adding that his family, in the person of his brother Mohamed Omerani, was informed of this procedure.

During his transit in Brussels on his way from the United States, Youtuber Omerani also known as “3robi f’merican”, published a video during which he alleged that he was subject to threats of arrests once he landed in Morocco.

The Moroccan-American called for an end to what he called “the political police in Morocco.”

Omerani is known for his virulent attacks against political leaders and public institutions on Youtube.

The investigation is underway under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor's office and in strict compliance with legal procedures, the Public Prosecutor pointed out.

On December 30, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) and the General Directorate of Studies and Documentation (DGED) filed a complaint before the Public Prosecutor's Office at the Rabat Court of First Instance against individuals living abroad for insulting public officials during the exercise of their missions.

The move followed the verbal attacks made against them while carrying out their mission, and the increase in acts of defamation and contempt committed by those denounced, according to a joint statement from the three security agencies.