5 February 2013

Western Sahara: 'Morocco Military Trial of Sahrawi Civilians Flawed From the Outset' Says Amnesty International

London — the Amnesty International considered that the Moroccan military trial against the 24 Saharawi political prisoners or what become known as Gdeim Izik group " flowed from the outset".

"The trial of civilians before a military court does not meet internationally recognized standards for a fair trial." Said Amnesty International's Director for the Middle East and North Africa Philip Luther,

" The 24 accused must be brought before a civilian court with all the human rights guarantees that go along with it, and in no event must anyone be sentenced to death." he added, calling for impartial investigation about torture and ill-treatment they experienced in Moroccan jail of Sale

"Most of the defendants have said that they were tortured and otherwise ill-treated at different stages of their two-year pre-trial detention. Some are said to have been coerced into signing statements."

"Allegations of the torture of detainees must be investigated and any evidence obtained under torture must be dismissed by the court.

AI international also called Morocco to launch an independence investigation about violence dismantling of Gdeim Izik camp by Moroccan security forces in November 08, 2010

"The authorities must also launch an independent and impartial investigation into the events of Gdim Izik, which is already two years too late."

It should be recalled that Moroccan authorities brought 24 Saharawi political prisoners before a military tribunal on February 01, 2013, but the trial was postponed again to Feb7, 2013 In Rabat, Morocco,

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