Speed cameras: thousands of Moroccans threatened with jail by unpaid fines

Thousands of Moroccans walk the risico'achter bars to end up because of unpaid fines that never have been reported to them.

Al Massae writes about "shocking cases" of people who were handcuffed like criminals during checks unexpectedly. They would be the subject of a judgment because of a violation of the highway code which they would have refused to pay. "However most of the cases concerned have never received a notification of these penalties and are not warned about the civil complaint that the Ministry of equipment and transport has filed against them," writes the daily newspaper.

The same source writes about the "disturbing testimony" of two people. A mother who was forced by policemen and her baby to leave her husband in a hotel room where she was on vacation. She was handcuffed because she was the subject of a national arrest warrant by the judicial police in another city was issued by order of the Attorney General. The same fate befell a magistrate working in the Oriental.

Both of them attach to Al Massae that they never have been advised of any traffic violation. Justice brings in case of non-payment such cases before the Court for an arrest warrant, it is often to omtredingen no more than 1000 dirham. The woman gave to also to have received nothing on a lawsuit.

The newspaper added that the Court indicates to have a notification sent to the official address of the woman with the details of the offense, the terms of payment and the consequences if they are not paid. "Except that the respondent denies having received something, they the court challenges from to prove this".

Al Massae explained the problem for Abdennabaoui to Muhammad, head of the Office of the Attorney-General, who admitted that there are such problems, but that everything is being done to guarantee the rights of this category of offenders. For its part promised Mohammed Aujjar, Minister of Justice, to intervene to at least one of the biggest problems, the settlement of unpaid fines. As gendarmes, police and customs officials have the right to the amount of unpaid fines to collect on the border posts, this would solve part of the problem. This can then be handled on police stations and customs offices.

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