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Western Sahara’s Polisario Front suspends contact with Spain

Western Sahara’s Polisario Front suspends contact with Spain

THE Polisario Front, Western Sahara's independence movement, said it was severing ties with Spain after Madrid backed Morocco's plan to give autonomy to the former Spanish colony. Spain has supported the autonomy plan as a way to resolve a long-running dispute over Western Sahara, which Morocco considers its own territory. But the Polisario, backed by Algeria, has rejected the autonomy proposal and wants an independence referendum. The Polisario said the plan aimed to legitimise the annexation of Western Sahara "ignoring the inalienable rights of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence." Last month, Spain told Morocco it considered the autonomy…
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No genocide case against Polisario Front leader

No genocide case against Polisario Front leader

SPAIN’S High Court has dropped an investigation into alleged war crimes and genocide against Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali, whose hospitalization in Spain caused a diplomatic row with Morocco. Ghali and other Polisario Front leaders were accused by human rights groups and Western Sahara individuals of genocide, murder, terrorism, torture and disappearances, a court document said. Ghali had appeared remotely in a court hearing last month as part of the investigation. His lawyer said he denied any wrongdoing. The High Court ruled that most of the alleged facts brought against Ghali were covered by the status of limitation. It…
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Western Sahara independence leader lands in Algiers amid diplomatic row

Western Sahara independence leader lands in Algiers amid diplomatic row

THE leader of the Western Sahara independence movement, Brahim Ghali, landed in Algiers early yesterday after his hospitalization in Spain for more than a month triggered a diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco. Brahim Ghali speaking in 2019. PIcture: Fotos Presidencia El Salvador "He arrived safe and sound," said Jalil Mohamed, the Polisario Front's spokesman in Spain. Ghali flew to Algeria from Pamplona in northern Spain at 1:40 a.m. local time on Wednesday on an officially chartered private plane, the spokesman said. Ghali, who was suffering a serious bout of COVID-19, had been admitted to a Spanish hospital in April…
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Morocco wants Polisario chief probed

Morocco wants Polisario chief probed

MOROCCO has urged Spain to open an investigation into the circumstances of a Western Sahara independence leader's arrival in the country for medical treatment and explain its findings to Rabat. Madrid should explain "the conditions, circumstances and connivances that led to the fraudulent entry of this person using false documents and a usurped identity," said Foreign Ministry Director General Fouad Yazourh. Spain's decision to host Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali without telling Rabat while using what Morocco says are travel documents provided by Algeria and a false name, has angered Rabat, which regards Western Sahara as part of Morocco. The…
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