New postponement of the trial of Saharawi students in Marrakesh

The trial of the young Saharawi students arrested in Marrakech, sentenced on 22 June last year, with sentences ranging from 3 years to 11 students and 10 years to 4 years, was postponed until 13 March.

This new postponement was made at the request of the new team of lawyers, formed by Sahrawis Lili, Buzaid and Ejellali, in order to prepare the defense of the accused.

The group of students entered the courtroom again shouting slogans in favor of the independence of Western Sahara and demonstrating on several occasions their solidarity with the prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group.

During the session today, Isabel Lourenço, Sébastien Boulay, Pablo Jiménez, Aritz Rodríguez, Sandra Gómez de Garmendia and Amaia Arenal were present as international observers.

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Tomorrow, Tuesday 16, the trial against the group of 15 Saharawi students imprisoned in the Marrakech prison will resume

This group of students was sentenced on June 22 of last year, with sentences of 3 years for 11 students and 10 years for 4 of them.

From PUSL we have followed this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016.

For more information consult the published report:

https://es.scribd.com/document/364601017/Information-Saharawi-Student-prisoners-Group-Companions-of-El-Uali

and the articles published in PUSL:

http://porunsaharalibre.org/tag/estudiantes-marrakech/

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Appeal trial of the group of Saharawi students postponed

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The trial session of the appeal process of thr group of 15 Saharawi students detained in the Marrakesh prison, was adjourned.

The session, which began several hours late, served only to inform that the trial would be postponed to 16 January 2018.

This group of students was sentenced on June 22 last year, with 11 students punished to 3 and 4 students sentenced to 10 years in prison.

PUSL has been monitoring this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016.

For more information consult the published report and the articles.

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Two young Saharawi students from the Marrakesh group released after trial

 

Two of the Saharawi students detained in the Marrakesh prison who had been detained in June 2016 were released last October.

Mustafa Hmaidat, a student in Agadir was released on 6 October and Laghdaf Lakan, a student in Marrakech on 20 October.

Details of the case can be found in the report published by our collaborator Isabel Lourenço, member of the Western Sahara Foundation (see here).

We remind that the remaining Sahrawi students of this group were detained for almost 18 months before being sentenced on 6 July this year with 5, 10-year sentences (Abdelmaoula Elhafidi, Aziz Elwahidi, Elbbar Elkntawi, Mohamed Dada and Mohamed Saakouk) and the remaining students with 3 years in prison.

The two students now released were not convicted at that trial since they had been detained at a later date as their comrades.

This group is known as “Companions of El Ouali”, a young student murdered by the Moroccan authorities.

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