Morocco refuses temporary surrender of drug lord Sophiane Hambli to France

Will the extradition of Sophiane Hambli turn into a judicial-diplomatic imbroglio between France and Morocco? Arrested in Tangier in October 2021 after a run of five months, the person concerned was indeed to appear from June 7 to 10 before the 13e chamber of the Bobigny criminal court, in the company of a dozen defendants, for acts of “attempted unauthorized importation of narcotics” and “participation in a criminal association”. A dark story of confusion between traffickers against the background of importing several tons of cannabis resin.

In view of the trial, a request for the temporary surrender of the 47-year-old baron of hash had been sent to Morocco by the public prosecutor of Bobigny. At the end of May, however, the authorities of the Cherifian kingdom issued an unfavorable opinion. “Sophiane Hambli is the subject of several lawsuits before the Moroccan courts. Also, the Moroccan authorities issue a reservation on the provisional extradition request because of the seriousness of the crimes committed and the dangerousness of the author.wrote the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a letter addressed to the French Embassy in Rabat and of which “the Obs” was aware.

Due to the Mulhousien’s absence, the trial was finally postponed to December 9. To the chagrin of the prosecution, which wanted the scheduled hearing to be held despite everything. The possibility of a videoconference with Morocco had, for its part, been quickly ruled out,

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