Frankfurt, Germany (TMT)- Mr. Mohamed Tariq Sbai, the head of the “Moroccan Commission for the Protection of Public Money” said in an interview given to Badil Info that the lorry that collided with the CTM coach in what is being referred to now in Morocco as the Tan-Tan disaster, “is a truck dedicated to smuggling gas from the southern part of Morocco, a region that benefit from the state’s subsidy on such products, to the northern part of the country, with no subsidy.”
“It is time to open a thorough investigation on this scourge of smuggling subsidized gas from the south to the north,” Sbai said.
“Turning a blind eye on this is one of the most dangerous cases of political rent-seeking,” Sbai added.
Sbai named Abdelwahab Belafkih, the head of the Gulmim municipality, representing the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, known by its French acronym USFP, as “one of the biggest gas smugglers of the southern region,” further stressing that “Belafkih has amassed a lot of money from this illegal exercise.”
Sbai said he is fearful that some notorious personalities, who support in an “underground” manner those gas smugglers, will intervene so to circumvent a legal judgement.
Sbai noted that “an investigation under the personal observance of King Mohammed VI needs to be opened.”
The Moroccan Times.