Asma Bae, a member of the Tangier city council, has been sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 1,000 dirhams for participating in the fraudulent sale of Schengen visas to Moroccan citizens.
The convict is also the owner of the Stars Voyage travel company. accusations against her
In turn, the second defendant was sentenced to ten months in prison and a fine of 500 dirhams.
The same court decided not to hear the civil claims and ordered the defendants to pay compensation in the amount of 200,000 dirhams with an order of execution and arrest in favor of the Consulate General of Spain in Tangier, after having been prosecuted by the competent prosecutor’s office.
The details of the case date back to a complaint filed by a resident of the city of Azamor, who alleged that she gave the local councilor the sum of 15,000 euros to apply on her behalf for a Schengen visa. And only after that he realized that he was the victim of a well-planned fraud.
The Schengen Area or the Schengen Area is an area comprising 27 European countries that have abolished border controls at common borders, also known as internal borders.
The victims of this scam would have paid to obtain a residence permit and a work contract in Spain. However, they received a visa that allowed them to stay in Spain for 90 days.
According to what has become known about the alleged course of action, Asthma BAE forced the parties concerned to sign false employment contracts. Abderrahim Z., a journalist with dual Spanish and Moroccan nationality in charge of liaison at the Consistory, submitted these documents to the consulate and carried out the necessary procedures.
In response to directions from the prosecution, the Beni Makada Prefectural Judicial Police summoned certain officials for questioning because their names were linked to a complaint received by the competent authorities.
Among the suspects are two employees of the Spanish consulate: Teresa G., the consul’s secretary, and Maria G., the visa manager. Also the aforementioned employees of the City Council.
Also consul Alfonso Manuel Portabales, who was mentioned in some of the audio recordings provided to the police, in which an intermediary requested an additional 3,000 euros from the victims of fraud under the pretext that the consul should receive “his part to sign” the contract. .
Last July, the investigating judge of the Tangier Court of First Instance ordered the adviser’s preventive detention in a local prison because of her involvement in the Spanish visa scandal.