The UN Committee Against Torture asked for the immediate release of Saharawi political prisoner Abbahah

PUSL.- According to our sources an individual complaint was presented to the Committee against Torture (CAT) in May this year by his lawyer Maître Olfa Ouled. The CAT answered Immediately after to the request of urgent measures and asked the Moroccan Government to put an end to the prolonged isolation that Abbahah is enduring now for 8 months.

Mr. Abbahah should be released regarding his health status, the Committee said.

Interim measure are given by the CAT as a protection until the final decision on the case is given.

Maître Olfa Ouled did not want to comment on the ongoing procedures in the Committee against Torture, since these procedures are lengthy and confidential.

But the defense lawyer of 18 political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group reaffirms that she will continue to fight on the legal front to protect the life of these innocent men who are dying. According to her, all the group has to be protected since injuries are caused to their health.

Abbahah is in hunger strike since 1st of October, he was sentenced to life in prison and has been brutally tortured and is victim of constant ill treatment, harassment, racism, physical abuse and medical negligence since his arrest.

It seems that Morocco does not only comply with the CAT interim measure but increased the ill treatment against Mr. Abbahah.

Mr. Mohamed Bourial is in hunger strike since 12th of October, 18 days today. He was put in a punishment cell on the 12th of October known as Kacho, one of the worst punishments that has severe psychological effects. He does not have access to his medicine.

Mr. Bourial was also severely tortured during his detention time and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

El Bachir Khadda who was condemned to 20 years in prison entered his hunger strike on September 18th being today in his 42nd day.

His internal organs are severely affected, he is unable to walk, his vision is blurred and his general health state is that of a dying man.

Mr. Khadda was once tortured because during the visit he exchanged a smile with his mother. One of the many times he suffered the brutality of the Moroccan repression machine. Since 16th September last year he was put in Tiflet2 prison and in prolonged solitary confinement, which amounts to prolonged torture.

Khadda, Abbahah and Bourial are in Tiflet2 prison over 1300km distance from their home town and families and known to be one of the worst prisons in Morocco.

Mr. Hassan Dah sentenced to 20 years is in hunger strike since the 19th of October, when he was put in isolation because he presented an official complaint against the fact that he was not allowed to enroll in university to pursue his doctor studies.

Mr. Hassan also denounced the torture he has been subjected to since his arrest, he is currently in Kenitra prison 1200km from El Aaiun.

The Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group currently in hunger strike are in a alarming health state.

These prisoners that were unlawfully detained in 2010 have been victims of arbitrary arrest, extreme physical and psychological torture and two unlawful trials without the minimum respect of law or human rights by the Moroccan authorities.

Mr. Abdel Jalil Laaroussi of the same group, for whom Amnesty launched an urgent appeal following his prolonged isolation and his health status, didn’t see any evolution in his situation.

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