A Sahrawi dissident lays blame on Algerian authorities for the horrific crimes committed on its soil in the Tindouf camps by the leaders and security officers of the Polisario Front.
The former police chief of the Polisario, Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, who is currently in forced exile in Mauritania, has recently called the European Parliament and the countries hosting Polisario representatives to challenge Algiers authorities on their responsibility regarding the serious crimes committed on Algerian territory against the Tindouf camps Sahrawi refugee.
Some of the torturers named by Mustapha Salma are currently appearing before Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court in Madrid. They are accused of genocide and gross violations of human rights in Tindouf.
The lawsuit against the Polisario leaders before Spain’s highest criminal court should prompt the African Union (AU), the countries hosting these torturers as well as international democratic institutions such as the European Parliament to “reconsider their stands” and “challenge” Algeria as the host country of the Sahrawi refugee camps, argues Mustapha Salma.
Judge Pablo Ruz had declared admissible the complaint filed in 2007 by an NGO and Sahrawi victims. The judge held a hearing on August 12 of two of these victims, namely Dahi Aguai, president of the Association of Missing people at the hands of the Polisario and the Sahrawi activist Saâdani Malainine.
Dissident Mustapha Salma seized the opportunity of the trial opening to call on the European Parliament and concerned countries and NGOs to “pressure” Algeria and the Polisario so that the crimes perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.