Urgent: Acquittal overturned, Fez mayor sentenced to 6 months in prison in corruption case

Fès – In a surprising development in the corruption case that has rocked the city of Fès, the appeals chamber of the Financial Crimes Court in Fès issued a new verdict on Wednesday 26 June 2024, overturning the previous acquittal and convicting the city’s mayor, Abdessalam El Bakkali, to six months’ imprisonment.

Bakkali was convicted of failing to report financial crimes of which he was aware, as part of a large-scale corruption case in the Fez community.

The verdict comes after a careful examination of all the evidence and documents presented in the case, emphasising the principle of no impunity, regardless of position or status.

The judgement sparked mixed reactions in civil society circles in Fez. The judgement sends a strong message that no one is above the law. The verdict sends a strong message that no one is above the law.

Informed sources pointed out that this judgement may have political and administrative repercussions at the level of running the Fez community, as it is expected that an acting mayor will be appointed to run the affairs of the city during the period of the mayor’s imprisonment.

This judgement confirms the independence of the judiciary and its ability to hold officials accountable, regardless of their positions.

From the website: Fez News

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