Casablanca - Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali is now the most wanted man in Spain, with a warrant for his arrest likely to be issued in the next few days, according to Algerian news site "Tamurt Info."
Casablanca – Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali is now the most wanted man in Spain, with a warrant for his arrest likely to be issued in the next few days, according to Algerian news site “Tamurt Info.”
The source’s latest coverage of Ghali states that “today, grips are tightening around the Polisario and Algerian army torturer” who is guilty of “terrorism, genocide, sequestration, kidnapping and torture,” among other crimes.
According to Tamurt Info, a warrant for Ghali’s arrest should soon be issued in response to Ghali’s failure to show up to Spanish court to defend himself against charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Accusations of “torture, genocide and detention” against Ghali were initially lodged in 2007, but Spain’s National Court reopened the case last month after it heard that the Polisario leader was set to visit Spain in the following days to attend the Barcelona Symposium.
With the reopening of the case, Judge Jose de la Mata of the Spanish National Court gave Spanish police full agency in getting summons delivered to Ghali, summons that called on Ghali to testify in front of Investigative Court #5 on November 19.
In response, Ghali cancelled his trip to Barcelona and missed the symposium. The organization that had filed the lawsuit said Ghali’s cancellation was due to “his fear of arrest, which further validates the veracity of the accusations against him.”
Brahim Ghali has been the leader of the Polisario’s self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) since July 12 after the death of former Polisario head Mohamed Abdelaziz, who led the SADR for 40 years.
The SADR leader was most recently spotted taking pictures in the Guerguerat zone of Laguouira after Mauritanian authorities, in a controversial move, allowed the Polisario to enter the region.