Rooftops of Rabat's Medina are seen from the top of a tall building.
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The Moroccan National Brigade of Judicial Police arrested five foreign nationals in possession of Israeli passports, based on information provided by the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance that the group was falsifying official documents granting Moroccan citizenship to non-citizens.
According to a statement, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) claims the suspects were linked to an underground network of individuals who have been forging official Moroccan documents for quite some time. The Moroccan authorities claimed to have dismantled the network earlier this month.
While at the moment unclear, the DGSN said it has reason to believe that the network was headed by Moroccans including a Moroccan Jew, and that these individuals have been actively selling fake Moroccan IDs to non-Moroccan Jews (i.e., Israeli citizens). Two of the members of the arrested group also have alleged links to similar document-forging networks in other countries, and both have received Interpol "red notices," requesting extradition to charging countries.
Upon search of the suspects' homes, police found electronic devices, a "considerable" amount of hash, fake Moroccan IDs and a massive amount of national and foreign currency.
Police are currently investigating the five suspects further to pinpoint their involvements within the network.
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