Moroccan diplomat found dead in South Africa
08 October 2014, 20:49
Johhanesburg - South African police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a Moroccan diplomat whose body was found in the guesthouse where he was staying.
The South African government on Wednesday identified the diplomat as Noureddine Fatmi, first secretary in charge of consular affairs.
The body was found "in a pool of blood" with multiple stab wounds, said a police spokesman, Brig. Neville Malila.
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Fatmi's body was discovered by colleagues who became concerned when the diplomat did not arrive for work Tuesday morning, Malila said. The colleagues, who had failed to reach Fatmi by telephone, went to the guesthouse where he lived on his own in Pretoria, the South African capital, and asked the landlord to open his room, Malila said.
A cellular phone was missing, but no other belongings were removed from the guesthouse, according to the police spokesman.
Police have no leads in the case, Malila said. He did not speculate on a motive.
Morocco's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that it is working with South African authorities on the case.