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Morocco trial of British pedophile suspect adjourned

The suspect did not show up to the hearing. He’s accused of raping a Moroccan girl and kidnapping two others

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The trial of a British man held in Morocco on charges of raping a young girl has been adjourned until next month, a rights activist who attended Tuesday’s court hearing told the Agence France-Presse.

Robert Bill, 59, who did not attend the hearing in the northern town of Tetouan, is accused of kidnapping two Moroccan girls and raping another.

He was arrested at a petrol station in Tetouan last June when locals overheard the screams of a 6-year-old girl he allegedly abducted, surrounded his Spanish-registered car and alerted police.

The judge at the court in Tetouan fixed the next hearing for February 11, according to Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights.

The suspect is currently being held at the prison in Sale, twin town of the capital Rabat.

The man, originally from north Wales, was a resident of the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, and was also the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Spanish police for alleged pedophilia and kidnapping.