Saharawi activists who were brutally beaten presented to court

PUSL.- The three activists that the Moroccan authorities brutally beat at the reception of the political prisoner and journalist Salah Lebsir, who was released on 7 June, were arrested and brought to court.

After the brutal intervention in Smara, Salik Mubarak Abdi and Walid al-Salik Albatal were transferred yesterday June 10 to the city of El Aaiun and presented to the court of appeal to the investigative judge.

Ali Al-Taluki was present at the court of Smara on the same day.

Salik Mubarak Abdi and Walid al-Salik Albatal are now detained in the black prison of El Aaiun in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

According to several sources the three activists whose attack was filmed are in a serious health condition due to the beatings and subsequent torture by the Moroccan authorities.

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PUSL.- According to Sahrawi Human Rights Activists Moroccan occupation authorities arrested Eyub Ali Buyema, a young Sahrawi at the airport in Casablanca to prevent him from travelling for medical treatment today to Algiers and arrested him.

Moroccan occupation authorities arrested Eyub Ali Buyema at Casablanca airport as he was on his way to Algiers to receive medical treatment for his injuries that resulted from an intentional attack by a police car that run him over in 2018.

The young man and his mother were surprised at the airport by the Moroccan authorities when they alleged that the young Saharawi had an outstanding arrest warrant since 2016. This allegation is fabricated by the occupation authorities since if this was true they had ample opportunity to arrest him since he has spent several weeks in hospital in June 2018. The arrest warrant would have been issued when he was 16 years old and the inability of the Moroccan authorities to find a student in El Aaiun for two years is not at all credible.

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PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Saharawi name Husein Bachir Brahim) was brought to court in Marrakesh today, 11th of June but postponed for the second time. The trial is now scheduled for June 25th. Amaadour will therefore be in arbitrary detention for 161 days.

Tuesday, April 16 after 90 days of arbitrary detention (maximum term of detention without trial) the trial was postponed since the court did not inform the defence lawyer, which for that reason, did not appear and the trial was postponed for today June 11.

The “forgetting” of the court in summoning the defence lawyer thus causes Amaadour to remain detained for 147 days without in pre-trial detention which is illegal.

A manoeuvre often used when it comes to Saharawi political prisoners whose trials are postponed consecutively, thus extending the period of pre-trial detention far beyond the time allowed by law.

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Reporters Without Borders denounces the relentless Moroccan persecution of Sahrawi journalists

  • Reporters without borders requires Morocco to allow the international press to enter Western Sahara
  • Urges the Moroccan Government to guarantee fair judicial processes for Sahrawi journalists and respect for their physical and psychological integrity
  • Exercising journalism in the Spanish ex-colony is an “act of heroism” and its protagonists pay with arbitrary detentions, harassment of their families, torture, unjust sentences and jail
  • Reporters WB asks Spain and France to break their usual “complicit silence” with Morocco

Alfonso Lafarga / Contramutis .- Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has denounced the persecution suffered by Sahrawi journalists by Morocco, which handles with “iron hand” the information in Western Sahara, punishes “relentlessly” the exercise of local journalism and blocks access of foreign media.

RWB requires Morocco to allow the international press to enter Western Sahara, with freedom of movement through the territory, and put an end to the expulsion of journalists, while urging the Moroccan Government to guarantee fair judicial processes for the Saharawi journalists imprisoned, with whom the demands of the UN regarding their release must be met.

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