Suspicion at death of bomb suspect

Morocco’s two leading human rights groups have demanded a public inquiry into the death in police custody last Wednesday of Abdelhaq Bentassir, the alleged mastermind of the Casablanca suicide bombings which killed 43 people last month.

They have joined the Socialist party, part of the majority coalition in parliament, in calling for a new forensic examination of his body. The Moroccan Human Rights Association said that in view of previous deaths of people held by the security services, there should be an inquiry to establish the circumstances of his death. Mr Bentassir, who had been in good health, had been detained five days earlier than the date the security services gave for his arrest, his family said. Full Story

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