Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

24 February 2013

Morocco: Sandblast Condemns Martial Trial of Gdeim Izik Prisoners

London — The British human rights NGO "Sandblast" strongly condemned Saturday the trial of the 24 Saharawi political prisoners, known as Gdeim Izik group, by a martial court in Morocco, calling on Moroccan authorities to release them.

The NGO described the trial as the "arbitrary," indicating that it constitutes a flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of human rights.

Sandblast considered that the trying civilians before a military court do not comply with the internationally recognized standards for the conduct of a fair trial.

For Sandblast, the arrest of civilians who peacefully protest at Gdeim Izik is contrary to international law, because it has not conducted any independent probe into the events of Gdeim Izik, two years after the events.

"Given the numerous irregularities during the trial, we condemn the outcome of this illegal trial. We therefore demand the release of political prisoners immediately and rehabilitate them," concluded Sandblast.

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