A Casablanca court has charged two Chinese men $650 for selling pictures of King Mohammad VI without obtaining permission from the Royal Court of Morocco. The two Chinese merchants were arrested by Moroccan police in the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca during their attempt to smuggle €44,000 into Egypt. After police searched the men, they found 140 pictures of the Moroccan king.
During the court preceding, Mr. Shan Caen and Mr. Liu Mei admitted that the photographs were made in China and were being sold at between two and three dollars. They told the court that they were unaware that the sale of images of the Moroccan monarch required special approval.
The men's defense attorneys asked the President of the Court to only fine the two and spare them prison time since the defendants displayed good faith. The Public Prosecution Office announced that it would not pursue any additional penalties against the two men since they had reached an agreement with the Customs Department.