President of Republic calls on AU for release of Sahrawi political prisoners

Bir-Lehlu, July 28, 2017 (SPS) -  President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, called on the African Union to intervene in order to expedite the release of the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group and all Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons.

In a letter sent to Mr. Alpha Conde, current Chairman of the African Union, concerning the developments to resolve the conflict between the Saharawi Republic and the Kingdom of Morocco, the President of the Republic focused on the Moroccan mock trial which, on 19 July 2017, issued harsh sentences against a group of Sahrawi citizens, known as the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, which are hardly different from those had been issued by the Moroccan military court in 2013, ranging from twenty years to life imprisonment.

The President of the Republic, who referred to the Moroccan military attack on the camp of Gdeim Izik, the unjust arrest and detention for seven years, absence of evidence and use of torture and false records and testimonies, pointed out that the Kingdom of Morocco showed clear intransigence and insistence on violating international law and international humanitarian law, recalled that their only fault was demanding the implementation of the charter and resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union.

The President of the Republic stressed that the African Union must intervene to ensure the adherence of Morocco to the letter and spirit of the application of the provisions of the constitutive act of the African Union and its resolutions and recommendations as well as the rest of its institutions on the conflict between the two member states, the Saharawi Republic and the Kingdom of Morocco. (SPS)