Two police officers caught on camera taking a bribe from a Spanish tourist in the southern city of Tantan were sentenced to a month in prison and to pay a fine of two thousand Dirhams over bribery charges.
The General Directorate of National Security has issued orders to suspend the police officers who appeared in the video posted on YouTube “untiringly” asking a Spanish tourist to pay them money.
The rise in bribery cases involving police officers has prompted the General Directorate of National Security to circulate a memo urging security forces to crack down on all practices that harm the credibility of the law enforcement officials.
According to media sources, the memo aims to entrench a culture of transparency and professional integrity among security forces and to strengthen governance values.
A statement by the General Directorate of National Security stated that citizens are also contributing to the spread of bribery, adding that some people are trying to tarnish the image of the security apparatus by luring members of security forces in order to photograph them receiving bribes.