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‘Drug dealer’ sparks diplomatic buzz between Morocco and the Netherlands

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Morocco has called for the extradition of one of its nationals, believed to be a drug dealer, from the Netherlands, local media reported on Saturday.

The North African country’s foreign affairs ministry reportedly found information linking the dealer to “protests in northern Morocco.”

While his name was not officially revealed by the ministry, local media outlets have identified him as former MP Said Chaou.

The ministry had said that the man in question “has been seeking for months to provide funding and logistical support to the ongoing protests in northern Morocco.”

According to Morocco World News, Chaou is known for his opinions in favor of the independence of the Rif area north of the country, where protests have recently erupted.

“Last June, he contacted the UN Secretary General, denouncing what he called Morocco’s ‘forceful occupation’ of the Rif, and claiming the region’s right to ‘self-determination.’”

The report added: “Aside from his notorious political views, Chaou was the subject of two international arrest warrants issued by the Moroccan judiciary concerning involvement in a criminal gang in 2010, and international drug trafficking 2015.”