Spanish lawyers prevented by Moroccan authorities to exit the airplane in occupied Western Sahara

PUSL.- Moroccan authorities have prevented three lawyers to exit the airplane in El Aaiun, Western Sahara, under Moroccan occupation since 1975.

The three lawyers of the General Council of Spanish Law intended to participate as observers in the trial against Saharawi journalist Nazha El Khalidi that took place yesterday. Nazha El Khalidi awaits in freedom the sentence that will be published next 8th of July.

Inés Miranda Navarro, Miguel Ángel Jerez Juan and José María Costa Serra – arrived on 23rd of June, Sunday morning by plane in El Aaiún from Gran Canaria, but they have not even been allowed to get off the plane.

The Moroccan authorities try to circumvent the “expulsion” of foreigners by simply not letting them get out of the airplane in El Aaiun, a technique that was used several times in the recent past.

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Morocco does not want witnesses and expels five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from El Aaiún

-The Moroccan regime does not want international presence in the trial against the Saharawi journalist Nazha El -Kalhidi

-The Spanish lawyers are accredited by the General Council of Spanish Law

-“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, explanation of the Moroccan police

Alfonso Lafarga (Contramutis).-Morocco has prevented five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from entering El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, where they had traveled to attend the trial of Saharawi journalist Nazha El Kalhidi, accused of practicing without official certification.

“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, is the only explanation received by lawyers Sidi Tallebuya, from Madrid; Ramón Campos García and María Lourdes Barón Jaques, from Zaragoza and Lala Travieso Darias and Rut Sebastián, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, all of them accredited by the General Council of the Spanish Law, as well as the Norwegian observers of the RAFTO Foundation for Human Rights, Vegard Fosso Smievoll and Kjersti Brevik Moeller. Read more

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Moroccan Authority Brutally Kicks Out a Polish Lawyer From Western Sahara and Morocco

Nushatta Foundation Staff Fri, 18th Jan, 2019 Agadir- (Morocoo) Around 5 a.m., plains-clothes Moroccan police officers raided the house of a Saharawi student, and apprehended a Polish lawyer for having meetings with Saharawi students pro-POLISARIO. The Nushatta Foundation discovered that this incident took place the day before yesterday in Agadir city, Morocco, on 16 Jan 2019.

Moroccan secret service in cars had kept the Polish lawyer Mrs. Justyna Paulina Wróbel under close surveillance for 512,66 km since she was deported to Agadir last Sunday from the checkpoint at the entrance of El-Aaiùn in Western Sahara, where she had to endure an unlawful interrogation and investigation by the Moroccan authorities regarding of the reasons for her visit.

“You know the reason,” was the only response by one of the Moroccan officers to the questions of Mrs. Paulina Wróbel in protest against the misuse of authority, the unlawful arrest and the mistreatment that she experienced, which was fully out of the procedure of law due to the absence of a search warrant. Read more

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French lawyers detained arbitrarily in Casablanca and expelled from Moroccan territory

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We, Ingrid METTON and Olfa OULED, lawyers at the Paris bar association, express our deepest indignation at the new infringement of our profession and the obstruction of the exercise of the rights of the defense.

As advocates for the protection of Saharawi prisoners, we traveled to Morocco to visit our clients on their cassation appeal after their conviction by the Rabat Court of Appeal on July 19, 2017.

Yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, we were approached on the descent of our plane in Casablanca at 20h40. Our passports were confiscated. We were detained without cause, justification and without notice until 2pm the following day before we were expelled from the territory.

For more than 18 hours, we were placed under police escort in the international zone of Casablanca airport and left without information. Read more

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URGENT – Norwegian observer expelled from Western Sahara

Photo by Ida Bergstrøm/UIB

Tone Sørfonn Moe, Norwegian observer was expelled today at 12h50 local time from El Aaiun, capital of the non-self governing territory Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities.

Tone is a Norwegian law student, and was an international observer at the Gdeim Izik trial, held at the Court of Appeal in Salé, Morocco 2016/2017, she is accredited by Fundación Sahara Occidental, an organization that monitors Human Rights and the situation of the Saharawi Political prisoners. Tone was supposed to observe a court case against a group of political prisoners in Marrakech on 12 December, that was postponed.

She travelled from Agadir to El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara last Sunday, 10 th December.

Ms, Moe texted at 12h50

“I am being transported out of El Aaiun now. According to the police, international observers are not welcome. According to the police, i did not arrive in a legal way. I explained to the civilian agent that I arrived in El Aaiun by taxi from Agadir, and that i am an international observer. I was approached in my hotel by approximately 20-25 police officers wearing civil clothes. 10 of these civilian agents was filming me and taking my pictures. Read more

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Morocco expels MEP’s for fear of the truth

A group of 5 MEPs from the Western Sahara Intergroup tried to visit today El Aaiun in the occupied territories of Western Sahara under Moroccan military occupation since 1975, after landing at the airport the MEPs were prevented from leaving the plane and forced to return on the same plane to Las Palmas (Spain). According to statements by Swedish MEP Bodil Valero, the authorities asked them for their passports, inside the plane, to which MEPs refused.

Several passengers expressed their solidarity with this group of MEPs.

The delegation was composed of the Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland (S & D), chair of the Intergroup; Paloma López Bermejo (IU) vice president, Josu Juaristi (EH Bildu), Lidia Senra (Galega Alternativa Esquerdas) from Spain and Bodil Valero (Greens / ALE), also from Sweden, accompanied by an assistant. The purpose of the visit was to hold meetings with Saharawi civil society, victims of human rights violations and activists in the city, as well as to closely monitor the situation under Moroccan occupation and demographic change, with the introduction of hundreds of thousands of Moroccan settlers . Read more

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POLISARIO CALLS ON EU TO CONDEMN MOROCCO’S EXPULSION OF MEPs

[BRUSSELS, 27 OCTOBER 2017]

Morocco today deported a delegation of Members of the European parliament from the occupied city of Laayoune in Western Sahara. The delegation, all members of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Western Sahara, was headed by Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland (S&D). The other MEPs are Paloma Lopez(GUE/NGL), Bodil Valero (Greens/EFA), Lidia Senra (GUE/NGL), and Josu Juaristi (GUE/NGL). Commenting today, Polisario EU Representative Mohamed Sidati said:

“This is yet another example of Morocco’s deliberate and continual attempt to hide its ongoing and systematic human rights abuses in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

I spoke with the delegation to express our solidarity, and thank them for their efforts to see for themselves the dire human rights situation for Sahrawis living under Morocco’s illegal occupation. The delegation was set to meet with Human Rights organisations and activists, as well as a broad spectrum of Civil Society representatives in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. Read more

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