The posts include a picture of tables with what appear to be roasted sheep, and a video clip of people eating these sheep at a banquet.
The publishers said that what appears in the scenes are grilled deer presented by the former minister at his son’s wedding, which was held in 2019 in the city of al-Faqih in Bensalah, central Morocco.
Publications went on to say that the ceremony cost three million dollars, and some linked the “extravagance” shown in the photos to the arrest of the former deputy and minister pending investigation into the case of taking bribes and suspicions of corruption late last month.
After checking the photos and video, it turned out that it was not from the wedding of the former Moroccan minister’s son, but rather a wedding that took place in Abkhazia.
And by deepening the research, similar pictures of a roast sheep banquet can be found in a Russian-language report on a wedding that took place in Abkhazia in 2019.
The report states that a person named “Baslan Abkhazava” held a wedding ceremony in which large numbers of goats of various kinds were presented, and it rarely caused a media uproar at the time.
Searching with keywords in Russian enables you to find the same circulating video posted on YouTube as well, as you hear the local language spoken by people clearly.
A search for the name “Baslan Abkhazava” on the Russian “Yandex” engine leads to a video report in Russian that talks about this ceremony and shows scenes identical to the photo and video circulating. (Al-Hurra)