On March 4, 2020, the Criminal Court of First Instance in El Aaiun sentenced the Sahrawi activist Khattri Faraji to 20 years imprisonment on the charge of setting fire on a Moroccan police van in 2017.
Our correspondent said that the prosecutor only formulated vague and imprecise charges, and that the police report and some pictures of masked people attacking a police van late at night and burning it were the only evidence on which the prosecution and judgement were based.
Our correspondent revealed that the accusation against the 21-year-old Sahrawi activist who was previously arrested for political motives, includes other political activists, Ghali Zogham and Khalil Al-Boussati.
Dadda had been arrested on December 24, 2019 while he tried to obtain an administrative document from the police headquarters in occupied Essmara. He has been subject to mistreatment while in detention before being moved to the Black prison in occupied El Aaiun.
For her part, the Sahrawi human rights activist Ennguia Boukhers said, “even though that conviction will be appealed, it is a clear message to intimidate Saharawi political and human rights activists”. She also called on the United Nations to intervene to put an end to such practices.