15 February 2014

Western Sahara: Spanish Judge to Extend Prosecution Against Senior Moroccan Military Officials

Madrid — Judge Pablo Rafael Ruz Guitierrez of the Spanish supreme court intends to extend prosecution against senior Moroccan military officials involved in the death of Saharawi citizens in 1976.

The action was brought by Domingo Jose Collado Molinero representing a Spanish human rights group.

The judge has included in the case the findings of an investigation about the responsibility of Moroccans in the execution of eight Saharawi people, discovered last year in common graves in Western Sahara territories.

The judge will hear on February 12 Francisco Etxeberria and Carlos Martin Beristain, scientists at the University of the Basque Country, who located the two common graves in Western Sahara where eight Saharawi people executed by the Moroccan army on 12 February 1976 were identified.

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