Rabat - Lawyers for the victims’ families and the defendants in the Gdim Izik proceedings are lauding the court’s fair trial of the case saying, “The fair trial offer for our clients is positive.”
Rabat – Lawyers for the victims’ families and the defendants in the Gdim Izik proceedings are lauding the court’s fair trial of the case saying, “The fair trial offer for our clients is positive.”
Speaking to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, Abdellatif Wahbi, one the victims’ board defense, said, “There is noticeable leniency from the judiciary toward the defendants. The judiciary has offered the defendants all the requirements needed to have a fair trial – while there is an exception and prejudice toward the right of the claimants of the civic society.”
Wahbi continued his comments saying that “the delay of the case does not serve both, [the defendants and the victims’ families]” and called upon the judiciary to be fair and just with the all parties of the Gdim Izik’s case.
Colombian attorney Norma Caballero confirmed that “all the parties in this case enjoy their guarantees and rights,” noting that “the president of Monday’s hearing, moderated the trial professionally.”
“In Colombia, we are used to such cases and what we’ve seen in Morocco is high quality. There is respect for the parties and there are high level lawyers,” Caballero added.
The Gdim Izik trial began on Monday in the Criminal Chamber of the annex of Salé’s Appeals Court. Present for the hearing were representatives for international lawyers, human rights associations and NGOs.
The tragedy of Gdim Izik camp took place over the months of October and November 2010, after a group of Sahraouis set up tents in the outskirts of Laayoune as a way to protest against unemployment and opportunities in the city.
The incident resulted in the deaths of 11 members of Morocco’s security forces, while they were performing their duties in dismantling the camp. 70 people were injured and public property suffered extensive damage.