The Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights filed a complaint against 23 Polisario members, including their leader.
Rabat – The Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADH) issued a statement lauding Spain’s highest court’s decision, to extend the period of the investigation into four Algerians and 23 Polisario members.
The 23 individuals are accused of serious human rights violations against Sahrawis in Tindouf, Algeria.
“We express … our full confidence in justice to end the case so that the guilty parties are brought to justice and convicted for the serious crimes they are accused of,” said the ASADH.
“Human rights are not forgotten and there is no impunity for those involved in these atrocities committed in clandestine prisons of Polisario near the Algerian city of Tindouf,” added the statement.
The list of the separatists accused of involvement in human rights violations includes the leader of the Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali.
In 2007, the Spanish court heard a complaint against Ghali, which included accusations of “torture, genocide, and detention.”
In 2016, Spain highest court (Audiencia Nacional)ordered the reopening of the case, in which Ghali is accused of involvement in genocide, murder, torture and disappearances against Sahrawi activists, when he was the chief of the “Sahrawi army” from 1978-1991.
One of the victims, according to El Diario, was imprisoned for six years (1974- 1980). The complainant, according to the news outlet, recognizes Ghali as one of the members who allegedly tortured six people. Six other Algerian citizens and Polisario members were also involved in the abuse.
Members of the Polisario Front were also allegedly involved in committing terror attacks against Spanish citizens at the Phosboucraa site, Laayoune in October 1974.
Polisario’s attacks on the phosphate conveyor belts occurred in Laayoun, southern Morocco between 1974 and 1976. The members of the front attacked the conveyor belts in an attempt to stop phosphate mining.
In January 2018, Spanish monarch Felipe VI received Lucia Jimenez, the President of Canarian Association of Terrorism Victims (Acavite), who informed him of the attacks committed by the separatist group against Spanish citizens.