Morocco: Police in Mohammed V Airport Arrest Wanted Russian National

Morocco Police
Morocco Police

Moroccan police at the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca arrested on Tuesday, September 24, a Russian national. The Russian suspect was the subject of an international arrest warrant.

Belgian authorities issued an arrest warrant against him for his involvement in an armed robbery in Bruges, Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) said in a statement on the arrest.

Police arrested the suspect upon his arrival onboard a flight from Turkey. He was the subject of a Red Notice from Interpol.

Police have put the suspect in custody for further investigation pending extradition procedures.

The police statement said that security services informed the Belgian police of the arrest.

Moroccan security services made similar operations throughout the year as part of their strategy to fight cross-border crimes.

On September 17, police arrested a 23-year old Danish national of Somali origin subject to an international arrest warrant for illegal possession of a firearm.

DGSN announced in May that security services in Marrakech arrested 13 international suspects between May 16, 2018, and May 2019.

Moroccan police work regularly with international security services, including tracking suspects involved in terrorism, undocumented migration networks, and drug trafficking gangs.