Rabat – Two individuals were arrested in Casablanca after they tried to bribe police officers.A motorcyclist was arrested at the crossroad of Ibn Tachafin Avenue after he attempted to bribe a law enforcement officer with MAD 50 to avoid penalties for traffic law infringements.A truck driver was also arrested for trying to bribe a police officer. According to police, the truck driver tried to bribe the police officer with MAD 100 after failing to provide the vehicle’s insurance policy and technical examination document.The rise in bribery cases involving police officers has prompted the General Directorate of National Security to circulate a memo urging security forces to crack down on all practices that would harm the credibility of the law enforcement officials.The memo aims to entrench a culture of transparency and professional integrity among security forces and to strengthen governance values.The General Directorate of National Security had also issued a statement stating that citizens are also contributing to the spread of bribery.The statement added that some people are trying to tarnish the image of the security apparatus by luring members of security forces in order to photograph them receiving bribes.
The Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – the main subsidiary body of the UN Commission on Human Rights – issued a statement in Geneva on Thursday calling on US authorities “to do everything possible” to stay the 14 August execution of Javier Suárez Medina, who has been on death row in Texas for 13 years.The Sub-Commission urged the United States to re-examine the case and guarantee the suspect’s right to consular protection and a fair trial, according to the statement read out by Chairman Paulo Sergio Pinheiro.”Javier Suárez Medina was only 19 years old when he was sentenced to death, and a number of serious breaches of his right to a defence occurred during his trial,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “In particular, United States authorities did not comply with their obligations pursuant to article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 which guarantees consular assistance for foreign detainees.”The Chairman said that these obligations have been strongly reaffirmed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He also cited a ruling last year by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found that Washington had breached its obligations to Germany and to the LaGrand brothers – two German nationals who faced the death penalty – under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.