Organized in 2016 in Morocco, COP22 continues to make heads fall. Al Massae reserves its front page on Wednesday, January 28, 2020, for the involvement of the president of the municipal council of Marrakech, Mohamed Larbi Belkaid, and his deputy Youness Benslimane, in a case of squandering of the last audiences on the sidelines of this international event.

“Justice has decided to prosecute the two PJDists in question because of certain contracts awarded in the context of preparations for COP22,” reports the Arabic-speaking daily. He added that this case had broken out following a complaint by a local NGO which denounced several officials, elected officials, and other officials of the Prefectural Council of Marrakech and the Wilaya of the Marrakech-Safi region because of dysfunctions noted in the framework of these markets negotiated at COP 22.

Al Massae lists two cases concluded before the event. A first valued at 413 million cents, while the overall budget of the second is around 500 million cents.

The two officials were brought before the king’s prosecutor before appearing before the investigating judge at the Marrakech Court of Appeal. They will shortly have to answer charges before the first-degree criminal chamber charged with financial crimes.

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