By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, August 20, 2013
Oussama Tchikitou, the brother of Adil Tchikitou, the MP and member of Istiqlal who controversially refused to attend the previous allegiance ceremony, was arrested today for alleged complicity in robbery, according to news outlet Lakome.
The police allegedly arrested Oussama, 24, after his name was mentioned during the interrogation of suspects accused of stealing bread and sugar from a shop.
According to the same sources, Adil Tchikitou testified that his brother was accused of thievery and membership in a criminal gang.
The MP also affirmed that the act of robbery at question, in which the alleged suspects who mentioned his brotherâs name were involved, took place 6 months ago.
Adil Tchikitou told Lakome that this affair has been âfabricatedâ to send him âa warning messageâ for refusing to attend the allegiance ceremony.
The MP had previously posted a statement on his Facebook page justifying his reluctance to attend the royal ceremony:
âI did not attend the allegiance ceremony because I cannot stand seeing people bowing, which is a thing I canât see myself doing.â
âGiven the significant number of people who bow to the king during the ceremony, my attendance will look like an approval of the practice, which is not really my personal stance,â he had further explained.
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