Moroccan hash king pins hopes on Spanish nationality

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Notorious drug trafficker El Nene is claiming Spanish nationality in a bid to avoid extradition to Morocco.

2 May 2008

MADRID - A notorious Moroccan drug trafficker is claiming Spanish nationality in a bid to avoid extradition to Morocco.

Lawyers representing Mohammed Taieb Ahmed, also known as El Nene, are demanding that he be released immediately from prison in the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta where he was arrested last week, five months after bribing guards in order to escape from a high-security prison in Kenitra, Morocco.

El Nene, believed to be one of the biggest hashish smugglers in the world with an estimated fortune of EUR 30 million, possesses both Spanish and Moroccan identity documents, Spanish police have said.

His lawyers claim that the Moroccan arrest warrant issued via Interpol contained "errors," and that extraditing him to Morocco because of it would set a "dangerous precedent".

[El Pais / Expatica]

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