Morocco nabs Malian citizen for suspected mediation of illegal immigration

African American in Prison


The Moroccan police said on Monday that they arrested a Malian citizen in the northern city of Assilah for suspected mediation of illegal immigration and human trafficking.

The suspect was nabbed during a police raid on three apartments, which also led to the arrest of 39 illegal immigrants from Sub-Saharan African countries who wanted to reach Spain by sea, according to a police statement.

The Malian national, 35, was held in custody as investigations are underway to arrest the main suspect who organized the illegal immigration operation.

According to the Moroccan Ministry of Interior, 88,761 immigrants were prevented from leaving Morocco in 2018.