Morocco-Sahara: Does Brahim Ghali still have a future? – Young Africa

Almost absent from radar screens for several months, the Saharawi leader Brahim Ghali is like the Polisario: weakened, disembodied and dependent on Algiers. JA takes stock.

Did Brahim Ghali really come back from the dead? Since he left Spain on June 2, the leader of the Polisario Front has been non-existent, even though he is supposed to lead a military, diplomatic and legal offensive against Morocco.

As a reminder, the president of the SADR had arrived in Spain in the greatest secrecy on board a medicalized plane chartered by the Algerian presidency, on April 18, before being admitted to the hospital of Logrono in a “critical state”. For complications related to Covid-19.

A hospitalization which had caused a major diplomatic crisis between Morocco and Spain, and whose outcome is still pending despite several signs of appeasement between the two neighbors.

It was not until September 18 that Brahim Ghali made his return to Tindouf camp

On the spot, Brahim Ghali had all the same been caught by justice. Indeed, the Polisario leader was the subject of two complaints: one for “genocide”, filed in 2008 by the Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADEH), the other for “torture”. », Filed in 2020 by Fadel Breika, a dissident of the naturalized Spanish Polisario.

From his hospital room, Brahim Ghali was therefore heard by videoconference, on June 1, by the examining magistrate Santiago Pedraz.

After several hours of hearing, the judge decided not to take any protective measures against Ghali. After fifty-four days of hospitalization, the latter therefore obtained the right to leave Spain to continue his convalescence in Algiers.

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