Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir victim of torture

Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir of the Gdeim Izik group was subjected to physical and psychological torture last Monday, December 25, by the guards of Ait Melloul prison where he has been detained since 16 September.

Lefkir was to take a university examination on December 25, the guards who escorted him to a prison room where he was supposed to take the exam told him to undress and be naked to be allowed to take the test.

As Lefkir denied to do so, , the Saharawi political prisoner was brutally beaten, with heavy blows to the head until he lost his consciousness . The guards ripped all his clothes off and told him that he was POLISARIO and therefore they would never let him pass an exam or allow him to study.

Lefkir who is part of the group known as Gdeim Izik was abducted and a victim of arbitrary detention in 2010, was sentenced to 25 years in a military court in 2013 and after the annulment of that sentence again convicted with the same sentence this year.

Of the 19 prisoners of Gdeim Izik are in the prison of Ait Melloul Mbarek Lefkir, Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Mohamed Bani and recently transferred Brahim Ismaili.

All prisoners of Gdeim Izik were tortured after their arrest in 2010 and after the 2017 trial the Moroccan authorities have again used torture in this group on a regular basis.

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