Rabat- Mohamed Neshnash, the head of a civil society initiative for the Rif region, has denied rumors that the organization had joined Moroccan businessman Noureddine Ayouch’s mediation between the state and the leading activists of the Hirak Rif protest movement.Neshnash told French-language outlet H24info that the rumor, which had been reported by Moroccan daily Al Massae on the weekend, was “a lie.”However, the veteran human rights activist affirmed that members of the initiative met with the detained Rif activists. Ayouchhas also met with the key members of Hirak, acting as an emissary of the state.The choice of the businessman Ayouch as a mediator in the Rif crisis drew criticism, as other initiatives for dialogue between the two groups, including that led by Neshnash, had not received a state response.During his meetings with the detained leading Hirak members and their families, Ayouch reportedly said that he supported the release of the detainees gradually.The initiative headed by Neshnash included several prominent Moroccan civil society activists and intellectuals, such as writers Ahmed Assid and Salah El Ouadie, university professor Amina El Messaoudi, and human rights activist Khadija Marouazi.It was launched back in May to find a solution to the stalemate in the northern Moroccan region, and the group has issued several calls to the government to release the Rifianactivists currently in detention and meet the demands of the local population.The initiative asserted that meeting the demands of the residents of the long-marginalized region of Al Hoceima, the epicenter of months-long protests, would meanthe completion of the process of state reconciliation with Rif.
File: Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during a previous engagement President David Granger and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo are expected to meet as soon as Thursday coming for talks and to possibly make a decision regarding the appointment of the next Police Commissioner. The meeting is expected to take place at State House, a source told INews earlier today (Tuesday).It will be the first time since July that the two will meet to discuss a constitutional appointment.Mr Granger has said that he wants an “unbribeable” person to be appointed in that capacity.Following the retirement of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, there has been much speculation over who will succeed him.While current acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has held the fort for some time and is perceived as a possible successor, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged plot to assassinate the President did put a damper on those chances.Over the course of the CoI, a number of officers were summoned and even upbraided for their work during the investigation.Besides the senior officers, junior officers were also criticised by Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe, who was appointed by the President to carry out the probe.Ramnarine was one of those who made an appearance before the CoI.When the dust was settled, and the report handed over, it included recommendations for sanctions against Ramnarine for the handling of the investigation by the officers involved. Ramnarine was later interviewed for the position of Police Commissioner.Also interviewed were Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Leslie James, Lyndon Alves, Marlon Chapman, Nigel Hoppie, Maxine Graham and Crime Chief Paul Williams. (Samuel Sukhnandan) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTop Cop appointment: President, Opposition Leader likely to meet soonJuly 7, 2018In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader to meet soon; filling of key vacancies among agenda itemsMay 16, 2018In “latest news”‘I intend to appoint a Guyanese’ as Top Cop, says PresidentAugust 9, 2018In “Crime”