Trial of Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Husein Brahim) postponed

PUSL.- Today, September 23, the trial of Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Husein Brahim) was again postponed by the Marrakesh court, the new trial date being 21 October 2020.

Amaadour, who is in Oudaya prison, Marrakesh has seen his trial postponed several times since the start of the Covid pandemic, although the Moroccan judiciary appears to be in a hurry to make a judgment, as no observer can be present.

On 22 July after the postponement of Amaadour’s trial, the young man was placed in an isolation / punishment cell known as “Kachó” and went on a hunger strike.

8 days later, on July 30, Amaadour suspended the strike.

On 22 July, the trial of Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Husein Brahim) was again postponed, the new trial date being 23 September. Amaadour refused to participate in the discussion of his case, arguing that his family was not present. His lawyer was also absent as he was not informed of the trial session and therefore requested an adjournment.

On July 8, 2020, the trial was postponed to July 22, Amaadour refused to participate in the trial that was held by videoconference, since the most basic rights of a fair trial were not fulfilled, as neither the right to defense nor the safeguards related to the Covid pandemic were guaranteed.

On 17 June, Amaadour’s trial was postponed to 8 July.

On Wednesday, May 27, the trial of the appeal of the Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Husein Brahim) began by videoconference. Amaadour declined to participate in the trial by videoconference, arguing that the Moroccan judiciary intends to “hide” his trial during the Covid pandemic and thus close his case.

The Marrakesh appeals court had already postponed the trial of the young Saharawi on April 22. Amaadour was sentenced to 12 years in prison on 26 November 2019.

At the November trial, several international observers were present.

Amaadour’s trial has been postponed several times. The young activist has been detained since January 17, 2019 without being tried. 314 days of arbitrary detention without trial, well beyond the deadline established by Moroccan law of 30 days, renewable twice.

More information about this case here: https://porunsaharalibre.org/?lang=en&s=amaadour