Many NGOs and alleged victims of Brahim Ghali have called on Spain to arrest the Polisario leader.
Rabat – Members of the Moroccan House of Councillors’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Moroccans Living Abroad are calling on Spain to respond positively to the legal charges facing Polisario’s leader Brahim Ghali.
On Tuesday, the committee called on the Spanish judicial authorities to take into account all complaints filed by “many victims” against the Polisario leader and to immediately arrest him.
The committee held an emergency meeting dedicated to Spain’s welcoming of Ghali and what this means for Morocco-Spain relations.
The meeting is the latest addition to the backlash Spain is facing for hosting Ghali for medical care under a fake identity.
Algeria and Spain aranged Ghali’s trip to Spain as he is unable to access Spanish territories due to a legal procedure against him for several alleged crimes, including rape, tortutre, forced disappearance, genocide, among others.
Expressing disappointment at Spain’s decision to host Ghali, the Moroccan parliamentary committee reiterated its unwavering support for Morocco’s position on the episode.
On April 24, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised the tone against Spain, deploring its attitude of hosting Polisario’s leader despite his alleged involvement in war crimes and other accusations.
Spain’s attitude resulted in “great incomprehension,” according to the ministry, who said that the decision to grant the Polisario chief access to a Spanish hospital prompted uncomfortable questions about Spain’s real stance about Polisario and its “privileged relationship” with Morocco.
“Why the Spanish judiciary has not yet reacted to the many complaints filed by the victims,” the ministry said.
Spain did not notify Morocco of its decision to welcome Ghali, according to converging reports. El Pais revealed that Madrid and Algiers were attempting to hide Ghali’s presence and hospitalization in Spain.
Spain failed to maintain the secrecy of his presence in the country. According to El Pais, Moroccan intelligence detected Ghali’s presence.
After Spain confirmed the news, citing “humanitarian reasons,” many NGOs and alleged victims filed complaints against Ghali and put pressure on Madrid to arrest the Polisario leader.
One of the complainants was Khadijatou Mahmoud, a Sahrawi woman living in Spain who accused Ghali of rape during her visit in Rabouni, Algeria in 2010.
She recently shared a video with Le360, calling on Spain to immediately arrest.
“I am still waiting for justice to be served. I do not understand how they let him return, but, as a victim, I want him to be arrested and imprisoned,” said the Sahrawi woman.