Spanish Judges Haunt Polisario Torturers

Polisario torturers feel, for the time being, that they are safe in their stronghold in Tindouf, despite the serious crimes they committed under the passive eye of the authorities of the host country, Algeria. They have not been judged for the inhuman atrocities they committed on Algerian soil. That’s certain. But they can not enjoy impunity for ever. Justice elsewhere, mainly in Spain, will catch them up. Actually, a second complaint has been filed by one of their victims, Jediyetu Mahmud Mohamed Zubair, at the National Court, the highest court in Spain, for “rape and crimes against humanity”. The complaint was lodged by the victim’s lawyer Agustin Fernandez against the Polisario leaders, especially the Front representative in Algiers, Ibrahim Ghali, and the son of SADR’s Prime Minister, Abdelkader Taleb Omar, said the Seville-based Spanish-Sahrawi Association “Hiwar”. Ibrahim Ghali, a former Defense Minister and current SADR ambassador to Algiers, was summoned in December 2007, before a Court in Murcia (Spain), following a complaint accusing him of practicing slavery.

His name is also on a list of Polisario leaders and senior members of the Algerian army accused of “genocide, murder, injury, illegal detention, terrorism, torture and forced disappearances” after the Sahrawi Association of Human Rights Defense (ASADEDH) lodged a lawsuit at the National Court during the same year. Mohamed Zubair, born in the Tindouf camps (south of Algeria), claims to have been “sexually harassed, assaulted and raped by Ibrahim Ghali,” during a visit to Algiers for administrative purposes, said the association which is supporting the plaintiff. The victim’s lawyer said he provided the court with a list of witnesses and other data on victims who suffered similar atrocities committed by Polisario torturers. This is the second complaint filed after another one last November against Polisario leaders and senior officers of the Algerian army. The Spanish National Court had ruled the complaint admissible. This complaint is supported by the testimonies of victims and medical records written by international experts who examined many torture victims, including 76 cases in Laayoune.


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