Morocco condemns the Sahrawi activist and political prisioner Ali Bojemaa« Saadouni»to prision
At local court level, in the capital of the former Spanish Sahara, El Aaiun, the nowadays Moroccan local public prosecutor’s office had to prepare two court hearings involving two Sahrawi activists for this Monday, 29th April.
The, by now, two political prisoners involved and who had been detained on various occasions before, were Ali Salem Bouyemaa Sadouni, imprisoned since 11th April, just one day after holding and putting up Sahrawi national flags at a round-about, in the occupied city of El Aaiun, on one hand and on the other Zine Abidin Salek, detained at night on 25th April in one of the city’s main through-fares, after taking part in a demonstration in favour of self-determination for all Sahrawis.
Both activists stood trial after having been accused of made-up charges such as the possession of drugs.
Two observers dispatched to the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara by the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Dr. Ana Sebastian and Dr. Daniel Amelang.
The courthouse was surrounded by Moroccan .police and the Moroccan administration’s intervention forces, to prevent Sahrawis from entering the courtroom, allowing only the presence of Ali’s mother and sister.
Moroccan policemen and their officer-in-charge were waiting at the entrance for the two observers, when these turned up there, accompanied by Equipe Media team members, with our colleague Mayara being prevented from entering the premises, despite being the Spaniard’s interpreter. According to Equipe Media sources, the defence lawyer brought forward allegations that refer to violating several fundamental rights, as the activist denounced having suffered torture and ill-treatment, thus alleging that, from the point-of-view of procedure, there were no guarantees for a just trial. Nonetheless, the final result was a sentence of 7 months in prison and a fine of 5000 Dirhams (about 480 Euros).