Rabat- Following the controversy sparked by the deplorable condition of the pitch of Rabat stadium last Saturday on the occasion of the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, King Mohammed VI called on Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, to open a thorough investigation to determine those who should be held accountable for this scandal, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).“The sovereign also gave his high instructions to the Head of the government for the suspension of the Minister of Youth and Sports activities for this major international sporting event, including the presence in the final match pending the results of this investigation,” according to the same source.On Thursday, King Mohammed VI ordered General Hosni Benslimane to supervise the ongoing investigation that will enquire about all the stages of the Complex Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah’s renovation and installation with natural turf. The poor condition of the pitch of Moulay Abdellah Stadium was believed to have triggered the royal anger.The Moroccan monarch reportedly ordered General Hosni Benslimane, commander of the Royal Gendarmerie and former president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, to supervise the investigation opened by Sports Minister Mohammed Ouzzine to find out who will be held responsible for the scandal.The Popular Movement, the political party of Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Ouzzine, threatened to withdraw from the coalition government if Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, caves in to popular pressure and decides to dismiss his controversial Minister.According to the Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its Friday edition, as soon as the leaders of the PM learned of the news suggesting that Benkirane might be compelled to sack Mohamed Ouzzine, they called their members in both houses of the parliament and informed them that the leadership of the party has decided to hold an extraordinary meeting to decide its withdrawal from the government.Moroccans expressed their utter dismay at the way this incident damaged their country’s reputation and called on the government to hold those responsible accountable.A Facebook page was also created, in which thousands of Moroccans called for the dismissal of Minister Ouzzine.
by Lorne Cook And John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 4:57 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Audrey Bily, right, and Romain Debray, managers of La Bonne Biere, speak to the media in front of their cafe in Paris during its reopening Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen on Nov. 13, terrorizing central Paris reopened for business Friday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Belgians seeking 2 new suspects in Paris attacks probe who used false IDs around Europe BRUSSELS – Belgian and French authorities were hunting two new suspects Friday in the Paris attacks who they say used fake identity cards around Europe and sent money to a relative of the man who orchestrated the attacks the day before the ringleader died in a shootout with French police.The two men, carrying bogus ID in the names of Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, had been travelling in a Mercedes with another Paris attacks fugitive, Salah Abdeslam, when the car was checked Sept. 9 at the Hungarian-Austrian border, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday.The same Kayal ID was used to rent a house in the Belgian town of Auvelais that authorities have searched as a possible site for making the suicide bombs used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, the prosecutor’s office said.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for those gun-and-bomb attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in Paris.Belgian authorities said about 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, four days after the Paris attacks, the false identity card in the name of Bouzid was used at a Western Union office in the Brussels area to send a 750-euro ($817) money order to Hasna Ait Boulhacen, cousin of the purported attack ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.Both Boulhacen and Abaaoud died a day later when French police stormed their hideout in a Paris suburb.The two new suspects “are being actively sought by Belgian and French police services,” the prosecutor’s office said.Spurred into action by the Paris attacks, the interior ministers of the European Union moved Friday to grant law-enforcement agencies access to information gathered by airlines — data like passengers’ names, travel dates, itinerary, credit cards and contact details.The sharing of such data is meant to allow better scrutiny of known or suspected extremists.Under the passenger data deal, details would be collected from European carrier flights entering or leaving the EU, as well as from flights between member countries. Charter flights will be included, and all the information will be kept on file for six months.Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who chaired the meeting in Brussels, expressed his “pride that after so many years of negotiations, we have now been able to conclude an agreement.”The passenger record agreement proposal was first made in 2007, but it languished in the European Parliament for years as EU lawmakers struggled to strike the right balance between security concerns and privacy rights. The assembly must still endorse the deal but that is likely to happen within the next month.At least 5,000 Europeans are believed to have trained or fought in Syria and Iraq but authorities are struggling to track their movements and prove their activities. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the new system as “indispensable in the fight against terrorism.”The EU already has such passenger data deals with the U.S., Canada and Australia.In Paris, patrons began returning as La Bonne Biere, a corner cafe in the trendy central district targeted by the gunmen, reopened Friday.Since the attacks, the shuttered cafe has been piled high with flowers. Paule Zlotnik, a neighbouring shopkeeper, praised the decision to reopen.“It’s time they open and that we continue life as it was before,” he said.In surveillance video seen by The Associated Press, two gunmen in black calmly approached La Bonne Biere on the night of Nov. 13, firing deliberately on its outdoor tables before turning back toward a car rolling slowly behind them.