PUSL.- According to information from Abdallah Abbahah’s family, the prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group was subject of an investigation process ordered by the King’s prosecutor.
Indeed, Mr. Abbahah was summoned last Tuesday, March 10, following a complaint by the Tilfet2 Prison Director, where he is being held.
He was not allowed to be heard with his lawyer since there was no official summoning.
The alleged charge against Mr. Abbahah was that the detainee did not comply with internal rules including medical appointments.
This investigation took place without the knowledge of the defense lawyer, Maître Olfa Ouled, of the detainee and without prior notice to the detainee.
The accusation is made shortly after Maître Ouled had early February informed the Rapporteur on Reprisals of the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) about the medical reprisals her client has to face. Her letter was sent to the Moroccan authorities in early March.
In her last letter to the Rapporteur, Maître Ouled recalled that none of the measures which aims to preserve the life of her client has been respected. Worse , after Maître Ouled informed the CAT earlier this year that Mr. Abbahah did not have any medical attention and that he was not given the results of the blood exams, the prison director told him that he could have a doctor if Mr.Abbahah would pay for it.
PUSL.- According to information from the family and lawyer Maître Olfa Ouled, Houcein Zawi, Saharawi political prisoner from the Gdeim Izik group, is in a deplorable state of health.
Zawi suffers from asthma and various chronic pains that resulted from the torture he has been subjected to since his arrest in 2010.
This week the family reported that Zawi has serious kidney problems and has suffered blood loss in the urine.
Despite multiple requests to the director of Kenitra Prison, where Zawi is located, no medical visit has yet been made.
Zawi sent a request for medical consultation to the Directorate-General for Penitentiaries and Social Reinsertion (DGPR) in Morocco.
French defense lawyer Maître Ouled addressed an urgent request for assistance to the king’s attorney general, DGPR and a communication to the National Human Rights Council of Morocco.
This is yet another case of intentional medical malpractice that Saharawi political prisoners and in particular the group of Gdeim Izik have been victims of.
Despite the multiple complaints made by both the prisoners and their lawyer, they still don’t have medical assistance.
PUSL.- Two years and eight month after the last judgement of group of political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group the 19 saharawi detained in Moroccan prisons continue to be object of ill treatment.
The Gdeim Izik Saharawi political prisoners continue to have lack of medical assistance which is repeatedly refused by the. Moroccan authorities although most of them suffer from chronic diseases and others resulting from almost ten years of incarceration, torture and isolation.
The majority of these prisoners are in prolonged isolation since their dispersion to different prisons in 2017. This form of punishment is considered one of the worst tortures that have not only serious psychological but also physical impact.
The restrictions on contact with their families due, not only to the long distances the prisons are located from El Aaiun (642 to 1300km),but also the arbitrary denial of visitation rights and the fact that phone calls are reduced to a few minutes per week for some of them increase the isolation factor.
PUSL.- On the 4th of decemebr the Committee against Torture discussed follow-up to concluding observations, individual communications, and reprisals under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The Rapporteur on follow-up to reprisals, Ana Racu, said that since the last session, four cases had been in the focus of the Committee, two cases against Morocco, one against Argentina and one against Mexico.
According to the declarations of Ana Racu concerning one case against Morocco, the Committee had decided to keep the follow-up dialogue ongoing and to send a reminder to the State party.
As for the second one, the Committee decided to keep the follow-up dialogue ongoing and to request a meeting with the Permanent Mission of Morocco in Geneva.
During the meeting of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) this weekend, a resolution on Gdeim Izik Group’s Saharawi political prisoners was unanimously approved and acclaimed.
The resolution was proposed by the Portuguese Association of Democratic Jurists, who was represented by Dr. Madalena Santos, president of the Association and Dr. Hugo Dionsio.
Political Prisoners Western Sahara.
The 19 Saharawi Political Prisoners known as Gdeim Izik group, continue to suffer ill-treatment, medical neglect and torture after two unfair trials that have not been able to prove the guilt of any of the accused. Furthermore, two and a half years after the last trial the Moroccan Supreme Court still did not issue its decision. Their lawyer Maitre Olfa Ouled was prevented from seeing her clients or contact them, having been expelled from Morocco in February 2018 for the second time.
PUSL.- The saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group detained in Kenitra Prison began today, Friday a protest hunger strike of 48h in solidarity with El Bachir Boutanguiza.
Mr. Boutanguiza was put in an isolation cell on Monday 21st October for a period of ten days. Boutanguiza was sentenced to life imprisonment and suffers from several illnesses due to the torture he has been subjected to.
The prisoners in protest are Houcein Zawi (sentence 25 years) ; Abdallahi Lakfawni (life sentence); Ahmed Sbaai (life sentence); Hassan Dah (sentence 25 years) and Naama Asfari (sentence 30 years).
PUSL.- Maitre Olfa Ouled, the attorney of Saharawi political prisoner Abdel Jalil Laaroussi, said her client underwent a surgery this morning in Rabat.
We recall that the UN Committee against Torture issued urgent measures demanded by the attorney of Mr. Laaroussi.
Although not seen by a doctor of his choice as mentioned in the urgent measure of the Committee he finally had a, surgery.
Laaroussi was already unable to stand for more than ten minutes due to the condition of his knee. During his trials (in 2013 and 2017) he denounced the various tortures suffered since his arrest in 2010.
The political prisoner reaffirmed his innocence throughout the process and before the courts.
Mr. Laaroussi is in prolonged solitary confinement since 17th September 2017 exiting only for the purpose of having university exams in the prison and know for the surgery.
PUSL.- Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group currently detained in Ait Melloul prison sentenced to life imprisonment, was taken yesterday (26th of September) to the hospital in Agadir after severe pain along his body.
At the hospital a scan was made of the left side of his body, namely, back and kidneys. He was returned to the prison where he was taken to the infirmary to make blood analysis. No explanation was given to Mr. Lemjeyid and he was put again in his cell.
Today (27th of September) Mr. Lemjeyid’s health status worsen and he was transported once again to the hospital again where he was seen by a doctor who prescribed several medications. According to this doctor, Mr. Lemjeyid suffers from acute swelling on his left side and his kidneys. This situation as well as the back pain is the result of frequent health complications since his arrest in 2010 and the severe torture he was victim of, as well as intentional medical neglect from the Moroccan authorities.
PUSL.- Several political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group in the prisons of Tiflet, Kenitra, El Arjat and Ait Melloul held a 48-hour hunger strike last 16 and 17 of September.
The detainees 4 detainees detained in Tiflet (Abdallah Abbahah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Lamin Haddi and El Bachir Khaddda) as well as Abdel Jalil Laaroussi detained in El Arjat have been in prolonged isolation for over a year and in some cases for over two years since their transfer from prison on 17 September 2017.
Most prisoners suffer from chronic illness or extreme torture and have no medical care.
The legal process is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court of Morocco which has to rule on the last judgment of this group, since the second judgment took place due to the annulment of the judgment in military court which according to the Supreme Court did not show sufficient evidence and was based on documents produced by the Moroccan authorities.
Family of Abdallah Abbahah – PUSL.- After visiting today Abdallah Abbahah who is in prolonged solitary confinement since his transfer to Tiflet2 prison on 7th May 2018 and according to his wishes we inform that Abdallah Abbahah made a 48h warning hunger strike on September 16 and 17 for the following 5 reasons:
1. None of the Complaints that he presented to the Moroccan Authorities regarding his deplorable incarceration conditions were ever answered. His conditons were also mentioned by the special rapporteur for reprisals (Ms. Ana Racu) of the UN Comittee against Torture
2. Several times blood test were performed on him without him being informed the reason for the blood tests nor ever given any results of these tests. His doctor is not able to visit him despite Interim Measures issued by the UN Comittee against Torture demanding his right to a doctor of his choice
3. Although he has severe health issue no doctor visited him although he repeatedly asked for medical attention and the UN Comittee against Torture issued Interim Measures demanding his right to a doctor of his choice
PUSL.- The Committee against Torture on August 6th discussed follow-up to concluding observations, individual communications, and reprisals under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The Rapporteur on follow-up to reprisals, Ana Racu, informed that the committee met with the Permanent Mission of Morocco. The Rapporteur said that the Committee had repeatedly requested the State party to issue interim measures to alleviate the deplorable conditions of Abdallah Abbahah. The lawyer of Mr. Abbahah, Maitre Olfa Ouled presented an individual complaint in his case against Morocco that has received immediate interim measures in May 2018, requesting immediate alternative measures to detention, such as surveilled house arrest, ceasing of all ill treatment and access to a doctor of is choice. Morocco did not comply with any of the interim measures.