Morocco rejects reports about extradition of Israeli criminals
Morocco has rejected reports by Israeli media that Rabat had agreed to extradite two Israeli criminals detained in the North African country.
Citing Moroccan sources, Palestinian news website Al-Watan Voice said on Friday that reports about extradition of the two Israeli criminals were "merely propaganda and completely opposite to the truth and reality.”
Last week, the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported that a Moroccan security delegation had visited Israel and met with Israeli police officials to arrange the extradition of the fugitives.
The Israeli newspaper said that Golan Avitan and Chiko (Moshe) Beit Adah would be brought back to the occupied territories via Spain, as Morocco and Israel do not have diplomatic relations.
Avitan, a member of an Israeli criminal gang, was arrested about a year and a half ago in Morocco after receiving information from Israeli police, according to the paper.
Meanwhile, Adah runs a document forging network and used to issue fake passports in the kingdom, it said, adding that Moroccan officials recently managed to find additional evidence against him and members of the document forging network.
The two Israelis "related to the propaganda are currently in Moroccan prisons and they are being prosecuted based on Moroccan law, over crimes committed in the kingdom,” Moroccan sources said.
About two years ago, Avitan claimed that he needed to go to a dentist and managed to escape on a yacht from Ashkelon to Cyprus and then to Spain and Morocco.
Avitan managed to gain Moroccan citizenship and his wife later joined him and received citizenship as well. Moroccan police later discovered that the two received citizenship after paying thousands of euros to the Israeli network of document forgers run by Beit Adah.
Morocco and Israel began low-level ties in 1993 after an accord that purportedly sought to enable “peace” between Israelis and Palestinians was reached. But Rabat suspended ties with the Israeli regime after the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.
Morocco has categorically rejected any rumors of normalization, insisting that it will not accept any compromise that undermines the “just Palestinian cause.”