A new testimony, this time from a man in the Moroccan “system”, is again blaming the French intelligence services (DGSE) and Israel (Mossad) for the kidnapping and assassination of the famous Moroccan opponent, Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris, 1965, at the request of the Moroccan secret service.
Will the veil one day be raised from the case of Mehdi Ben Barka, a great opponent of the Moroccan regime and one of the leaders of the third-world and Pan-Africanist movement?
Revelations about the case related to the assassination in France of the Moroccan opponent, Mehdi Ben Barka, are expected on the occasion of the presentation of Abderrahmane Youssoufi’s, the former Moroccan Prime Minister, Memoirs, yesterday in Rabat in which he attests to the involvement of the Moroccan, French and Israeli secret services in this political crime.
In his book Récits du passé, the former prime minister of the government of the Moroccan Alternation (1998-2002), decided, at the twilight of his life (94 years), to give his version of the events in Morocco during the second half of the last century.
All three parties, Morocco, France and Israel, had “a particular interest in silencing Ben Barka,” according to the Moroccan politician. Abderrahmane Youssoufi, former militant of the Istiqlal party, was charged with following the case of the assassination of Mehdi Ben Barka with the French justice.
Since his disappearance in Paris on November 29, 1965, the body of the opponent of Hassan II has never been found and the case has never been solved.
He was one of the main socialist opponents of King Hassan II and the leader of the Third World and Pan-Africanist movement. During his lifetime, he initiated many popular mobilizations in Morocco.
In May 2017, a few days before leaving office, former French president, François Hollande, decided to lift the classified status on 89 documents relating to the case of the assassination of the Moroccan left-party figure, whose body has never been found.
These documents include reports, briefing notes, newsletters, minutes, hearings, questionnaires, fact sheets, biographies, photographs and detained letters. However, the NDHC refused to declassify a document.
According to the French media, in 2010, this document was on the premises of the Directorate General of External Security and whose content is unknown. Abderrahmane Youssoufi, the author of Récits du passé, who wanted the publication of his memoirs to coincide with his 94th birthday, regrets that his country “could not initiate a democratic shift for many reasons.”
Among these causes, the “inability” of the Moroccan political elite itself to make this transformation. In addition to “bad governance” and “archaic administration”.
In particular, in addition to his childhood, the following were mentioned: his withdrawal from politics in 2003, episodes of the Moroccan national movement, the first hours of the dawn of independence, his links with the late Mehdi Ben Barka, his opposition to the regime, his order of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and his political practice in the Moroccan Alternation’s government.
Divided into three parts, the memoirs, written by his traveling companion M’barek Boudarqa, will be presented at Mohammed V Theater in Rabat, which coincides with his 94th birthday.
Alhadith fi ma jara (Stories from the Past) is a three-volume compilation of biographical material, interviews and speeches by the former opponent and head of government. The book will be released in bookstores the day after its presentation to the public at the Mohammed V Theater in Rabat; a presentation that will take part by Abderrahmane Youssoufi along with many Moroccan and international politicians.