Cyprus Mail

Five Cypriots face drugs charges in Morocco

By Stefanos Evripidou

FIVE Cypriots face charges of drug trafficking after they were arrested in Morocco allegedly trying to take out 15kg of hashish. The court hearing has been set for September 4.

The public broadcaster CyBC reported on Friday that they were arrested on July 24 trying to leave Morocco on a flight to London with 3kg of hashish each.

The five, aged 29 to 40, appeared in court on Thursday where the trial date was set for September 4. Until then, they will remain in a jail in the Moroccan city of Fez.

According to CyBC, they will be charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, for which severe sentences can be imposed.

Four of the five Cypriots are represented by the same Moroccan lawyer found by the Cyprus foreign ministry. The fifth Cypriot, who also has British citizenship, chose another lawyer.

An adviser of the Greek Embassy in Morocco met with the five Cypriots and their lawyers in the Moroccan prosecutor’s office, the public broadcaster reported.

Cyprus does not maintain an embassy in Morocco. Instead, the Cyprus Ambassador to France also covers Moroccan affairs.

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