July 28, 2021

Brahim Ghali, the leader of the Polisario Front, has left Spain for Algeria

The leader of the Polisario Front, whose presence in Spain caused a major crisis between Madrid and Rabat, left Spain overnight for Algeria, we learned on Wednesday, June 2 from a source. Spanish government. The Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday evening that Brahim Ghali would leave Spain from Pamplona airport in the north of the country, without specifying the destination of the device. Algiers is the main supporter of the Polisario Front, a movement which militates for the independence of Western Sahara and which is the sworn enemy of Rabat.

Brahim Ghali’s departure came after the decision of a Spanish judge – who heard him on Tuesday in connection with two complaints against him for “torture” and “genocide” – not to take any coercive measures against him, while the complainants demanded the confiscation of Mr. Ghali’s passport and his pre-trial detention. This judge justified his decision by the fact that “The report of the prosecution […] did not bring any clues “ showing that the Polisario leader is “Responsible for an offense”.

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The hospitalization of Brahim Ghali in Logroño (north) for complications linked to Covid-19 triggered a major diplomatic crisis between Spain and Morocco, the culmination of which was the arrival, in mid-May, of nearly 10,000 migrants in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, thanks to a relaxation of controls by the Moroccan authorities.

The Polisario leader arrived on April 18 in the greatest secrecy, aboard a medical aircraft of the Algerian presidency and equipped with a ” diplomatic passport “, according to the daily The country. He was then admitted in critical condition to Logroño hospital under a false name ” For safety reasons “.

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Desert territory of 266,000 km2 located in the north of Mauritania, Western Sahara is considered a “Non-self-governing territory” by the UN, in the absence of a final settlement. The Polisario Front calls for a self-determination referendum, planned by the UN, but constantly postponed since the signing in 1991 of a ceasefire between Rabat and the Polisario after sixteen years of conflict. Morocco, which controls most of this territory, offers autonomy under its sovereignty.

The World with AFP