Pubdate: Sun, 13 Aug 2000
Source: Reuters
Copyright: 2000 Reuters Limited.


RABAT, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Morocco's outlawed Islamist opposition al-Adl Wal 
Ihsane (Justice and Charity) group on Saturday denied any involvement in 
smuggling cannabis and arms to Algeria.

Algeria's Liberte daily and the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper 
reported on Saturday that Algerian security forces recently arrested an 
active member of al-Adl Wal Ihsane involved in drugs and arms trafficking.

"This information is baseless...Our movement has nothing to do with drugs 
and arms trafficking...This a pure manipulation of public opinion," 
Fathallah Arsalane, the spokesman of al-Adl Wal Ihsane, told Reuters.

Arsalane said his group would issue a statement to respond to what he 
termed "anti-Islamist propaganda and disinformation of security services."

The Algiers-based Liberte, referring to what it described as a reliable 
source, announced the seizure of seven kg (15.4 pounds) of dynamite sticks 
and a large quantity of cannabis resin hidden in a vehicle with Moroccan 
number plates.

The seizure took place few days ago at a police checkpoint near Maghnia, 35 
kms (22 miles) from the Moroccan border, it said.
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