Rabat - Abdessamad El Idrissi, member of the defense team of the families of victims of Gdim Izik, has said the sentences issued by the Criminal Chamber of the Salé Court of Appeal match the crimes committed.
Rabat – Abdessamad El Idrissi, member of the defense team of the families of victims of Gdim Izik, has said the sentences issued by the Criminal Chamber of the Salé Court of Appeal match the crimes committed.
The court gave on Wednesday sentences ranging from two years to life imprisonment against the 24 individuals accused of murdering 11 security officers during the dismantling of the Gdim Izik camp, on the outskirts of Laayoune in Western Sahara, in November 2010.
“The sentences match up the crimes that were committed. They were atrocious crimes”, El Idrissi told Morocco World News.
The murder of 11 members of Moroccan security forces was documented during the dismantling of the camp by photos and videos.
In some of those graphic videos, Morocco security officers, young men barely in their twenties, were seen slaughtered by knife from the back of their necks. In another shocking clip, a man was filmed urinating on the corpse of a Moroccan officer lying on the ground.
While El Idrissi said the families of the victims must be relived for the stance, he stated however that he was surprised at the court’s non-acceptance of the requests of the families of the victims for compensation.
The lawyer at the bar of Meknes dismissed claims that the trial was “political”, adding that the hearings were attended by foreign observers and that all conditions for fair trial were there.