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Morocco: diplomat reportedly murdered in South Africa

Fatmi Noureddine was reportedly murdered but noted that the circumstances of his death have yet to be established

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A Moroccan diplomat has been found dead at his guesthouse in the South African capital and Rabat’s Foreign Ministry is working with authorities in Pretoria in the suspected murder case.

Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Fatmi Noureddine, the officer in charge of consular affairs at the Pretoria embassy, was reportedly murdered but noted that the circumstances of his death have yet to be established, the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) reported.

Agence France-Press quoted a diplomatic colleague of Noureddine as saying that the diplomat was found “in a pool of blood” at his guesthouse in the South African capital.

“The police are very cautious,” the source told AFP said. “It has to be a robbery.”

“He did not turn up for work at the normal time, which seemed strange because he was always on time. His phone was off,” the diplomat added.

MAP quoted sources as saying that Noureddine was living alone in the apartment.

According to AFP, a cellular phone was said to be missing from the scene but it was not known if Noureddine had any money at home.

An investigation is under way and an autopsy is being carried out.

Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said it has taken administrative and legal procedures in collaboration with South African authorities following Noureddine’s death, MAP reported.