“Gdeim Izik case: Trial shows Morocco’s openness:” NGO

“Gdeim Izik case: Trial shows Morocco’s openness:” NGO

London, February 22, 2013

The trial of persons involved in the event linked to the dismantling of the Gdeim Izik camps show Morocco’s openness, said on Friday Tanya Warburg, chairwoman of the British “Freedom for All” association.

Morocco’s decision to open the trial to the public is an evidence of the Kingdom’s strong commitment for openness, legal and judiciary procedures reforms and respect of the rule of law, the Human rights advocate told MAP.

This commitment has been praised by international observers who were present throughout the trial, from the beginning to the end, she said, adding that all national and international observers praised the trial as “open and fair.”

The military court of Rabat handed down sentences ranging between life sentences to two years for the 24 defendants.

They faced charges of “constituting criminal bands, violence acts against police leading to premeditated death and corpse mutilation.

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  • Sara Nes

    Never heard of this organization before, and it seems not to care very much about the facts of the Gdeim Izik trials:

    1. The trial was held before a military court, although the accused were civilians,

    2. There are allegations of torture

    3. The accused say their confessions were extracted by fingerprints while they were blindfolded and not aware of what was going on.

    (All of this according to Amnesty International, a much more widely known and serious human rights organization)

    See also http://westernsaharaendgame.blogspot.no/2008/06/freedom-for-all-except-western-saharans.html to learn more about the organization Freedom for All.

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