Tomorrow, Thursday, the appeal trial of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir is held

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PUSL.- According to information received from the family of Mahfouda Elfakir, the lawyer of the Saharawi activist has been informed that during the day of tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, the appeal trial will take place.

Mahfouda has been sentenced to 6 months in prison on November 27.

The trial will be held two days after the expulsion of human rights activist Isabel Lourenço who planned to visit the activiss family to learn about her situation.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case, Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

Refusing to board a common prison transport van with only male prisoners, she was brutally beaten in front of everyone at the trial.

Mahfouda was presented on Saturday, November 16 before the king’s attorney. In the absence of her lawyer, the prosecutor sent her to the black prison of El Aaiun. The family was not allowed to give her the medications she had to take daily, knowing that Mahfouda has a cyst in her head and has been waiting for surgery for several months.

After her arrest, the health state of Mahfouda worsened and the penitentiaries responsible had to call an ambulance and gave her an injection to calm her down, without knowing about her previous health conditons.

Mahfouda is a well-known activist and has long been targeted by the Moroccan police. The Saharawi activist has been the victim of several attacks by the Moroccan authorities during peaceful demonstrations in which she regularly participates to demand the release of political prisoners and the independence of Western Sahara.