5 British tourists arrested in Morocco for money forgery

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A man holds bills of Moroccan dirham on January 23, 2018 in Casablanca. - After years fighting to evict tenants he believes are backed by corrupt officials, Slimane Brihmi called a much-heralded anti-graft hotline in Morocco -- but it made no difference. Like many countries struggling with endemic corruption, the North African kingdom has launched various initiatives to tackle the phenomenon. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds bills of Moroccan dirham on January 23, 2018 in Casablanca. (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Five British tourists were arrested in Morocco for forgery of money, said the official news agency MAP.

The suspects were allegedly involved in currency falsification and trafficking, as well as assault, said the report.

Two Moroccan women were also arrested during this operation on Friday in the province of El Haouz, about 35 km from the city of Marrakech, it said, adding that police seized 32 counterfeit 20 euro banknotes in their possession.

The suspects were also found in possession of some Moroccan currency suspected from trading operations with counterfeit foreign currency, it said.

The five British suspects were placed in custody for an ongoing investigation.

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