The trial of Mohamed Ayoubi, a member of Gdeim Izik group, was postponed until next November 15th, according to information from the Committee of the Families of the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik.
The court in Rabat separated the trial of Ayoubi in the middle of the group trial, being the only one that still has no sentence dictated in this new process.
Mohamed Ayoubi was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 by the military court in Rabat but placed on probation due to his state of health. Read more
The political activists, known as the Gdeim Izik Group, was on the 19th of July condemned to harsh sentences in the absence of material evidence. New report , written by international observer Tone Sørfonn Moe, conclude that the 19 detainees are, and have for almost seven years, been imprisoned on arbitrary detention.
The Group of Gdeim Izik has been subjected to severe human rights violations, including torture and inhumane treatment both during arrest and in prison, and are still suffering under inhumane treatment. “The court provoked that Eênama Asfari lied and provoked false accusations. The court thus provoked that the accused declared false allegations upon torture, and retrieved the policemen (accused of torturing) to the witness box. The testimony of the policemen (torturers) was used as evidence in the final evidence evaluation, as supportive evidence to the police records (confessions under torture of which the accused claims were falsified against them). Instead of complying with its international obligations, Morocco did the exact opposite; They used illegal evidence, and instead of investigating the policemen, they used their testimony against the defendants.” Ms. Tone Sørfonn Moe stated.
Mads Andenæs, professor of law at the University of Oslo, and former head of the UN Committee on Arbitrary detention, expresses deep concern after observing the court case against 24 human rights activists from the occupied parts of Western Sahara. 19 of the 24 Saharawis remain in jail to this date. Read more
In a detailed report, Portuguese human rights activist Isabel Lourenço denounces the illegalities committed during the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners known as Gdeim Izik Group.
This group was abducted and put in arbitrary detention and tortured in 2010 after the dismantling by the Moroccan occupation forces in Western Sahara of the Peaceful protest camp known as Gdeim Izik and which Noam Chomsky characterized as the beginning of the Arab Spring.
The defendants had been convicted in a military trial in 2013, but the Court of Cassation, Morocco’s highest court, ordered new civilian proceedings pointing out the missing evidence concerning the alleged commitment of crimes and the fact that the whole military trial was based solely on the police minutes.
In the previous trial, a military court in Rabat convicted all of the defendants exclusively on the basis of their confessions obtained under torture. Read more
Mrs. Ouled and Mrs. Metton, French lawyers, who represented the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, presented a detailed report on this case that denounces all illegalities and the systematic torture these 24 accused have undergone for almost seven years.
In the report are also included 3 counter expertise of the medical examinations of the prisoners and the autopsies that were “given” to the lawyers only seven years after the events, but not presented in court, nor were there any bodies presented.
The next trial session, which is believed to be the last will start on July 11th, after the civil party in it’s finally pleading did ask for change of charges to acts against the internal security of Morocco, which is no other than domestic terrorism charges and accused Polisario and Algeria to be enemies of the Kingdom.
On the 16th of May, the political prisoners and their lawyers withdrew from the process. The accused declared that they would not continue to participate in “a theatre play called trial” where “presumption on innocence is totally absent” and ” is no more than the replay from the Military court of 2013″. Read more