Ahmed Boukhari

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Ahmed Boukhari pictured in Casablanca in 2004

Ahmed Boukhari (Arabic: أحمد البوخاري‎; born 1938 in Safi) is a former agent of Cab-1, the political cell of the DST, the Moroccan internal secret service. He claims to have taken part in the operation that masterminded the abduction and liquidation of Mehdi Ben Barka. He is one of the last still living possible witnesses in the Benbarka Affair.[1]

Ben Barka Affair[edit]

Although he was not present at the crime scene he had to progress all the information on the operation. He claims that CIA agents were involved, a certain Colonel Martin. Boukhari claimed in his confessions that Ben Barka's body was transported secretly to Morocco and his corpse was dissolved in a bath of acid. However, pro-government newspapers in Morocco claimed that Boukhari is a fraud and a liar. The movie "J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka" has been based partly on this book.

Publications[edit]

Boukhari authoured two books, one about the Ben Barka affair, title Le Secret and the other Raisons d'état (published in 2005), where he recounts the operations of the DST from the 1960s to the 1980s during the repression of various dissident movements, mainly from the socialist left. He remains the only insider who have ever published about the DST.

Arrest, trial and harassment by authorities[edit]

Because of his revelations, Boukhari had many problems with the justice in Morocco. Including defamation lawsuits by former employees of the DST and the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior,[2] whom he mentioned by name in his book, as well as other common affairs such as dishonoured cheques, which were claimed to be used against him in order to sentence him in a non-political affair.

The Moroccan authorities have refused to issue a passport for Boukhari, which he requested in 2001 in order to be able to testify in France before the judge investigating the Ben Barka disappearance.[3] After a lawsuit in the administrative court, Boukhari was finally delivered a passport in early 2006.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ahmed Boukhari sera auditionné". La Gazette du Maroc. 6 January 2003. 
  2. ^ Abdellah Chankou (20 July 2001). ""Boukhari est un menteur"". Maroc Hebdo. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Bachir Hajjaj (16 December 2001). "Ahmed Boukhari convoqué de nouveau en France". Aujourd'hui le Maroc. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ahmed Boukhari obtient finalement son passeport". Aujourd'hui le Maroc. 29 December 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2014.