Detentions and hunger strikes and trials of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- The Moroccan occupation regime continues its wave of arbitrary detentions of Saharawi activists.

Last Thursday, 25th of April Zein Abidin Salek “Bounaaje”, a former Saharawi political prisoner was detained and sent Saturday to the Black Jail of El Aaiun, known for its harsh conditions.

Zein Abidin Salek “Bounaaje will be presented to court today and is accused of drug possession although the real reason was his participations in a peaceful demonstration las Thursday when the Saharawi populations in El Aaiun went to the streets demanding self-determination and the end of the illegal occupation by Morocco. This demonstration was organized bu the Coordination of Saharawi Human Rights Associations.

The trial of Saharawi activist Ali Saadoni, which was postponed twice, is also scheduled for today.

Saadoni started a hunger strike on April 15th, being now in his fifteen day of protest. The Saharawi activist said in court that he had been tortured and that he was on hunger strike in protest against the ill-treatment, torture and accusations fabricated against him. He also denied that he had signed the police document with false statements.

Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Saharawi name Husein Bachir Brahim) was detained on January 17th and is in arbitrary detention for 103 now. His trial was postponed to June 11th.

Amaadour entered a hunger strike on April 9 against the serious mistreatment and arbitrary denial of family visits and illegal procedures to which he has been subjected today is day 21.

The young activist and leader of the Saharawi Students movement was placed in a cell alone in the quarter reserved for terrorists in the Oudaya prison in Marrakesh after he started his hunger strike. The last time the family spoke to him he had still not be given any medical assistance nor did the prison direction engage in any negotiation.

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