Morocco Tried To Isolate The Frente Polisario And Criminalize Its Leaders

2021-05-25   |   by CusiGO

According to diplomatic sources, Morocco’s campaign, which took advantage of the opportunity of the Saharan leader’s hospitalization, aims to “criminalize” Brahim Gali and extend the Frente Polisario to international isolation. Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Britta said that Gali entered Spain under a false identity, although his Spanish counterpart alanza Gonzalez Leia repeatedly explained that he entered Spain under the name of Algerian diplomatic passport; He added that he was “wanted by the Spanish judiciary” although there was no arrest warrant for him.

Mohamed Abdelaziz, the historic leader of the Frente Polisario for 40 years, died five months before Madrid in December 2015. He was interviewed and presided over a political event: the 40th International Conference of support and solidarity for the Saharawi people. Morocco did not file a complaint with the maliano Rajoy government at that time.

In 1992, Felipe Gonz á lez, Spain’s top political leader, received Abdulaziz many times in Madrid, but he did not do so; In 2004, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero; In 2005, Jos é Mar í a Aznar received him in La Moncloa, while Zapatero summoned him in calle Ferraz, making it clear that he received him as Secretary General of PSOE rather than as head of government; However, asnar no longer served as chairman of the executive and people’s party, but met him as head of the FAA foundation.

In fact, Rabat could hardly ask the Secretary General of the Frente Polisario to be seen as a smelly man when his king Muhammad VI and the current Saharawi leader, Brahim Ghali, attended the EU African Union summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in November 2017, An organization that Morocco returned in the absence of 33 people.

Why is the transfer from Gali to Spain for medical treatment now, without any public activities or political contacts, leading to the most serious crisis since 2002 when parsley Island took over Morocco? According to the source of the consultation, 30 years after the cease-fire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario last November, the situation has changed. Most importantly, Rabat believes that he has the ability to win the diplomatic and military struggle after the Donald Trump administration recognized the Moroccan nature of the Sahara on December 10.

The EU’s strong response to the illegal entry of more than 8000 immigrants into Ceuta was encouraged by Rabat as retaliation against Madrid, which prompted Morocco to focus its strategy on trying to remove community institutions from the dispute on the grounds that it was a bilateral issue with Spain. It’s about the fact that you chose border control as a battlefield, a highly sensitive issue in Europe, and opened up a diplomatic crisis with Germany before it with Spain.

At the same time, Rabat launched a campaign to criminalize Ghali even before he was brought before justice Santiago pedraz of the National High Court, He summoned you on 1 June to respond to the allegations made by the Saharawi dissident Fadel breka and the Saharawi Association for the defence of human rights.

On Sunday, Morocco’s foreign minister insisted in a statement to the French Broadcasting Company Europe 1 that Gali had “fraudulently” entered the Schengen area under a false identity. Fouad yazov, director of the Department’s political affairs, asked for an investigation into the entry of the Frente Polisario leader into Spain “under the conspiracy and interference of four generals from a Maghreb country”, and announced that the Moroccan secret service would disclose more details. As the Spanish Foreign Minister alanza Gonzalez Leia repeatedly explained, the leader of Polisario entered Spain with an Algerian diplomatic passport and the president’s medical plane; This is quite different from the illegal entry and forged passport denounced by Morocco.

Burita also said Gali was “wanted by the Spanish judiciary” and that his men went further, calling him “a criminal responsible for heinous crimes such as rape, torture, murder and disappearance.”.

In fact, instead of being wanted, Ghali was summoned to testify by the judge, who has so far refused to take preventive measures “in view of his health” and taking into account that “there is no clear indication that he was involved in the conduct found in the proceedings”. Only after he makes a statement will pedraz decide whether to allow him to leave freely or impose any measures on him, such as prohibiting him from leaving Spain or even prison.

There is currently no arrest warrant for Gali, so in theory Gali can demand release and leave the country. Morocco has warned that if Gali leaves Spain, he enters – in other words, secretly – the crisis will intensify and may even disrupt diplomatic relations.

So far, the Spanish government has ignored the matter, claiming that its only commitment is to provide medical services for Gali, but Gonzalez Leia has expressed his belief that the leader of Polisario will “fulfill his commitment to justice”.

Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campo on Monday avoided commenting on the state of procedure of the leaders of Polisario, claiming that “it does not respect the administration of justice,” but added that once the administration of justice makes a decision, “action must be taken.”.

Galli has not said whether he will testify in court or sign the subpoena, but Frente Polisario sources believe he may testify. If this is not done, judges can issue international arrest warrants through Interpol, and from then on, not only will it be difficult for the Saharawi leader to travel to other countries, but Morocco can base its claim this time that he is a fugitive indicted for a serious crime.

Diplomatic sources pointed out that whatever the outcome of the crisis, Morocco has succeeded in making the relationship between European countries and the Frente Polisario more complicated from now on, and any country should think twice before receiving leaders of the Sahara movement.