Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The trial has been delayed once more

The trials of 14 Saharawi political prisoners was delayed for another week
El Aaiun (the occupied capital of the Saharawi Republic), 04.12/2005 (SPS) he 14 Saharawi political prisoners, sentenced last December 2005 by the Moroccan colonial court to imprisonment periods going between 6 months to 3 years, will have to wait for another week, until January the 9th 2006, to be presented before the Moroccan colonial court of appeal of El Aaiun, concordant sources reported.
"The Moroccan colonial court of appeal of El Aaiun decided this new postponement, t pretended, to give the defence enough time to study the dossiers, while the real reason behind this delay is no more than the prolongation of the sufferings of the families of the Saharawi political prisoners an of the prisoners themselves, who should not, at the first place, be judged for the political opinions and for their peaceful activism to defend a right that is internationally recognised to them in all UN's resolutions, mainly the right to self-determination and independence", stated a source close to the families of the political prisoners who required anonymity.
Moroccan colonial court of El Aaiun condemned 14 Saharawi political detainees, Wednesday 14 December 2005, to sentences going between 6 months to 3 years imprisonment after having postponed the trials twice since last November the 22nd, it should be recalled.
The hearing, which started on Tuesday the 13th December 2005 at 9.00 am until Wednesday the 14th 06.00 am sentenced the following Saharawi detainees: El Wali Amaydan 6 months imprisonment, Aminatou Haidar 7 months, Ali Salem Tamek 8 months, Mohamed El Moutawakil, Houssein Lidri, Larbi Massoud and Brahim Noumria 10 months imprisonment, Mohamed Tahlil 3 years, while Hmad Hammad, Balla Mohamed, El Moussaoui Mohamed, Mahjoub Chtioui, Jenhi Lekhlifa and El Moussaoui Sidi Mohamed were sentenced to 2 years each, the same sources said.
Among the 14 Saharawi prisoners 7 Saharawi human rights activists are considered by Moroccan colonial authorities as the agitators of the demonstrations in favour of the independence of Western Sahara that are taking place in Western Sahara since last May the 21st 2005.
In a letter it sent last December 2005 to the king Mohamed VI, the international human rights organisation underlined that the "proceedings so far have shown that the defendants' rights to a fair trial were at risk", knowing that under Morocco's constitution, the king serves as the president of the country's judiciary, Human Rights Watch emphasised, it should be further recalled. (SPS)

Student protest in Smara occupied W.SAHARA

Saharawi students in the occupied city of Smara protest against the abusive dismissal of two of their comrades
Smara (occupied territories), 04/12/2006 (SPS) The Saharawi students in a secondary school in the occupied city of Smara organised a sit-in on Tuesday asking for the return of two of their comrades, Karoum Salam and Baha Said, who were fired by the administration of the school "for racist motives", indicated the correspondent of SPS on the ground.
"The two students had rigorously protested against racist insults they received from a Moroccan teacher who called them 'dirty Saharawis'. The administration of the establishment decided to deprive them from their right to study without any previous warning", the same source stressed.
During this sit-in, which coincided with the celebrations of the New Year 2006, the students denounced these repressive practices inflicted by the Moroccan authorities against Saharawis, the same source added.
They also chanted slogans in favour f the self-determination and independence of Western Sahara, in solidarity with the peaceful demonstrations waged since last May 2005 in the occupied territories of the non-self-governing territory and south Morocco. (SPS)


The President of the Republic addressed his vivid condolences to his counterpart the President of the United Arab Emirates
Bir lehlu (liberated territories), 04/01/2006 (SPS) The President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, addressed on Wednesday, a letter of condolences to his Excellency, Cheikh Khalifa Ben Zayed Al Nehyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, after the death this morning of the Governor of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the Emirates, the late Maktoum Ben Rachid Al Maktoum.
"I address your Excellency, the family Al Maktoum, and all the people of the United Arab Emirates, on behalf of the Saharawi people and Government of SADR, as well as on my personal name, to express you our sincere condolences", prying God the Almighty to receive the late in His paradise, the President of the Republic wrote in a letter of condolences, of which SPS received a copy.
"A also seize this sad occasion to join my voice to all those who paid tribute" to the late, who dedicated his life for the good and prosperity of his country, the letter concluded. (SPS)

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