Sunday, March 12, 2006


Moroccan authorities release Doctor Ali Sbaai
M'hamid al Ghizlane (South of Morocco), 11/03/2006 (SPS) The Saharawi Doctor, Ali Sbaai ould Mohamed Cheikh ould Sid Laabasse, who was serving a six months imprisonment sentence since last February 2006, was released on Thursday by the Moroccan authorities in M'hamid al Ghizlane, indicated concordant sources.
The family of Doctor Ali Sbaai had organised a sit-in in front of the civil prison in Ouarzazat advocating the release of their son, who was brought before the appealing court and imprisoned, the same source stressed.
The release of the Saharawi Doctor, which comes after the appeal launched on Wednesday by the Saharawi human rights defenders and the pressures exercised by the Saharawi citizens of this city who demanded his release "constitutes a victory to the law and to justice", declared a Saharawi human rights activist to SPS.
The Saharawi human rights activists also called on the international human rights organisations "to exercise pressures on the Moroccan Government for the release of Doctor, Ali Sbaai", the press release concluded.
Mr. Ali Sbaai ould Mohamed Cheikh ould Sid Laabasse, whose origin is Saharawi and who has got a double nationality, Moroccan and Swiss, is a Doctor and hotel-keeper. He lives in M'hamed al Ghizlane. He manages a tourist company, Iriki expedition [].
The victim was sentenced six months imprisonment and was arrested last February the 2nd. He started a hunger strike to ask for his release. The population of his city demonstrated many times protest against this condemnation, it should be recalled. (SPS)

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