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AFRICA / Saharawi student handed over by Spain to Morocco and imprisoned
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 23/01/2019
Original: Encarcelado en Marruecos un estudiante saharaui entregado por España
Translations available: Français 

Saharawi student handed over by Spain to Morocco and imprisoned

Alfonso Lafarga

Translated by  Fausto Giudice Фаусто Джудиче فاوستو جيوديشي


  •     Hussein Bashir Brahim fled to Lanzarote not to be arrested

  •     He's been imprisoned in Morocco for "illegal political activities."

  •  The Canarian solidarity movement with the Saharawi people holds the government accountable for what may happen to the Saharawi student

A Saharawi student who sought refuge on the island of Lanzarote fleeing the Moroccan police has been handed over by Spain to Morocco and is already imprisoned in a Moroccan jail.

Husein Bashir Brahim, 28, a third year law student at the Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, arrived on the island of Lanzarote onboard a patera (small boat) on 11 January with the intention of seeking asylum after three months in hiding as he was being sought by the Moroccan police.

The same day of his arrival with other immigrants in Lanzarote, the Saharawi student was arrested by the Spanish police and taken to the police station in Arrecife. According to the family, on the 14th he was transferred to the police station in Las Palmas (known as the superstation) from where he was deported to Morocco on 17 January "without complying with the obligatory procedure to present him before the judicial authority nor to process his request for political asylum", as denounced by the Canarian Association of Friendship with the Saharawi People  (ACAPS).

Hussein Bashir , whom the occupants of Western Sahara intend to impose the identity of Lahoucine Amaadour in their policy of changing Saharawi names, was handed over to the Moroccan police and on 21 January he was imprisoned in Oudaya prison in Marrakech on the charge of "illegal political activities".

A native of Guelmim, a town in southern Morocco with a large Saharawi population, Bashir apparently has links with a group of Saharawi students at the University of Marrakech known as El Wali Companions, five of whom were sentenced to ten years in prison and eleven others to three years.

For ACAPS, the accusation of "illegal political activities" confirms "the political nature of the persecution suffered by Hussein Bashir Brahim",  and leaves the Spanish government without arguments to try to defend its behaviour, "absolutely opposed to what is established by Spanish norms and international conventions signed by Spain for the protection and asylum of persons persecuted for political reasons".

The Canarian association considers that the behaviour of the Spanish Government is an "open collaboration with the Moroccan regime in the persecution of Saharawi activists", and says that it takes place in the same week in which the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, defended in the European Parliament the extension to Western Sahara of the agreements on trade, agriculture and fisheries established between the EU and Morocco, "against international law and the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union".

The handing over of Saharawi activists, "at the risk of their physical integrity in the hands of the torturers of Rabat’s Satrap, demonstrates the moral vilification of those who authorise these deportations", says the communiqué of the Canarian solidarity movement, which blames those who have authorised this handing over "for the imprisonment for political motives and the ill-treatment that Hussein Bashir Brahim may suffer".

On 23 January his brother was able to visit him in the Marrakech prison where he is being held. Hussein confirmed to him that he did not have legal assistance and that he told the Spanish police that he was seeking political asylum.


Courtesy of Tlaxcala
Publication date of original article: 23/01/2019
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Tags: Hussein Bashir BrahimSpanish State-MoroccoHuman RightsRight to asylumOccupied Western SaharaMoroccan occupation

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