Rabat - The Association of the Missing People at the Hands of Polisario (APDP) has informed the Spanish government of criminal acts committed by the separatist group against the Sahrawi populations, who continue to suffer unbearable living conditions in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps in Algeria.
Rabat – The Association of the Missing People at the Hands of Polisario (APDP) has informed the Spanish government of criminal acts committed by the separatist group against the Sahrawi populations, who continue to suffer unbearable living conditions in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps in Algeria.
The president of the association, Dahi Aguai–who is also a former victim of Polisario violence in Tindouf–sent Spain’s Ministry of Justice a detailed document on Tuesday, unveiling torture and disappearances acts perpetrated by the Polisario Front in the camps.
In a letter addressed to the Spanish Prime Minister, Aguai explained the torture and violence committed in Polisario prisons in the Algerian territory, noting that some of the torture suspects fled to Spain.
“We have filed a complaint against them at Spanish courts, because we have great confidence in the Spanish justice and government,” said Aguai. He added that the Polisario uses political cover to protect the people involved in criminal acts who are circulating freely in several European countries using Algerian diplomatic passports.
Aguai said that among the victims who were targeted by the separatist groups, there were also Spanish nationals, emphasizing that he witnessed the disappearance of five Spanish soldier-prisoners, while recalling the attack led by the Polisario Front against the Spanish boat “Tagomago.”
The file sent to the Spanish Ministry of Justice includes photos of the torturers, torture victims, and Sahrawis reported missing; descriptions of Polisario torture practices; and a list of the 294 individuals recorded missing while serving time in Polisario jails.
In 2010, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the Spanish authorities expelled the Polisario representative in Madrid, following the front’s terrorist attack on Spanish trawlers “El Junquito” and “El Tagomago.”
In December 2007, the Spanish National Audience accepted a complaint against Polisario leaders and Algerian security and army officers for “genocide, torture, enforced disappearances, illegal detention and serious violations of human rights.”
The list of the suspects involved in committing terrorist acts includes Ibrahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, who was featured in a 2017 documentary about the front’s violation of human rights and the involvement of Polisario leader Ghali in the said crimes.
On Tuesday, Moroccan newspaper Assabah reported that hundreds of Sahrawis fled the Tindouf camps for fear of being murdered due to their activism against the separatist ideologies in Mahbes, Tifariti, Bir Lahlou, and Guerguerat. The Algerian-backed Polisario has been continuously attempting to relocate its illegal facilities to the region
In March, a group of Sahrawis in the Polisario-administered Tindouf camps launched a campaign to denounce the unbearable living conditions imposed on the inhabitants.
The movement, “Sahrawi Initiative for Change,” aims at defying the “archaism” and the “mummification” of the Polisario’s leadership, who have been accused of total detachment from the reality of the camps.
The movement pushes for a radical change in approach to find a solution to the crisis that the Sahrawi populations in Tindouf have suffered for more than four decades.