Spanish Lawyer denied entry in Western Sahara by the Moroccan occupation forces

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PUSL.- According to a communiqué of IAJUWS last Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:15 p.m., Moroccan forces have banned the entrance to the city of El Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara, to Spanish lawyer Ana Sebastián Gascón, who on behalf of the General Council of the Spanish Advocacy was going to attend the trial against the Saharawi activist Jatri Farachi Dadda, arrested on December 25, 2019 in the city of Smara for his participation in a peaceful demonstration for the self-determination of Western Sahara.

Dadda was transferred three days after his arrest, to the Black Prison in El Aaiún where he is awaiting trial, to be held today, Wednesday, February 26, in the Moroccan Criminal Court in El Aaiún

The Spanish lawyer was approached upon arrival at El Aaiún airport, at the foot of the plane’s stairs, by more than 6 Moroccan agents in civilian clothes, who without any explanation led her to the passenger terminal separating her from the rest of the passengers. The agents asked for her documentation consisting of passport and official accreditation from the General Council of Spanish Law to act as an observer in the trial and carry out the work of Legal Observation in the Western Sahara Territory.

The agents withdrew the documentation from the lawyer, and twenty minutes later they told her that she was denied entry from the territory, ordering her to leave it, violently refusing to give her any explanation or document, leading her to the plane that would take her back to Casablanca from where she had arrived.

So far the General Council of Spanish Law has not yet issued a communiqué on this latest denial of entry in the occupied territories.