[QODLink]
Archive
Morocco appoints new spy master
Morocco's King Muhammad has appointed a civilian to lead the country's counter-espionage unit for the first time in its 32-year history.
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2005 00:50 GMT
Morocco has never had a civilian counter-espionage chief
Morocco's King Muhammad has appointed a civilian to lead the country's counter-espionage unit for the first time in its 32-year history.

According to the state news agency Maghrib Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, Muhammad Yasin Mansuri has been appointed to the post of chief spy master.
   
Mansuri  - a former school mate of the king and a close aide who worked to improve relations with Spain after last year's Madrid train attacks - is to "help mainly the fight against terrorism".
   
The 42-year-old replaces outgoing Brigadier-General Ahmad al-Harshi as director of Direction Generale des Etudes et Documentations (DGED), MAP reported.
   
Mansuri is a former head of MAP and later chief of internal affairs at Morocco's Interior Ministry in charge of sensitive issues such as the Western Sahara dispute, security issues, illegal migration and the smuggling of locally produced cannabis to Europe. 
   
Experience

After the train bombings in Madrid last year, he played a key role in improving ties with Spain by stepping up Morocco's cooperation in the investigation into the attacks.
   
The investigations have suggested the Madrid attacks were partially funded by the trade of cannabis smuggled from Morocco to Europe, which generates an annual street turnover of $13 billion.
   
DGED acts as the key platform for the exchange of information with foreign governments and gathers intelligence on external threats.
   
It employs both military and civilian staff and enjoys total autonomy from other security agencies.

Since its creation after a failed coup against King Muhammad's father in 1972, DGED had been led only by senior army officers, official sources said.

Source:
AFP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.