Trial against Nazha Khatari El-Khalidi postponed until June 24
PUSL, May 20, 2019 .- According to the information by Equipe Media the trial of the Saharawi activist and journalist of Equipe Media, Nazha Khatari El-Khalidi has been postponed until June 24.
The delay of the proceedings against El Khalidi was justified by the court with the need to further inspect the contents of Ms. El Khalidi’s mobile phone that was confiscated by the police early December of last year.
Ms. El Khalidi faces serious charges for recording a peaceful demonstration of Sahrawi citizens in the streets of El-Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara that is occupied by the Moroccan Kingdom since 1975.
In the context of the same judicial process, on May 19 the Moroccan occupation forces expelled seven international observers that intended to attend the trial. The five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian members from RAFTO foundation who intended to observe the proceedings of the trial where expelled without any justification other than “that it is forbidden to enter Western Sahara” at the border control at the Airport of El Aaiun by the Moroccan authorities.
This decision has only stressed the atmosphere and focused the international community’s focus on the constant violations of human rights suffered by the Sahrawi civil population that lives under the yoke of the Moroccan regime. Several international organizations denounced, false accusations and unfair trials as well as arbitrary detentions and torture of Saharawi. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, World Organization Against Torture, Front Line Defenders but also the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms have been denouncing Human Rights violations of the Saharawi population in the occupied territories at the hands of the Moroccan occupier.
Last April the report of UN Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara and the Human rights violations in the occupied territories addressed the expulsion or denial of access of human rights defenders, researchers, lawyers and representatives of international non-governmental organizations to the territory of Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities.
According to Equipe Media the decision to postpone the trial by the court has been taken in a highly stressed environment with strong security measures and a large number of police and other law enforcement bodies guarding the court.
According to Equipe Medica the decision to postpone the trial by the court has been taken in a highly stressed environment with strong security measures and a large number of police and other law enforcement bodies guarding the court.