The Audiencia Nacional, the high court of Spain, will not postpone the convocation of the leader of the separatist militias Brahim Ghali set for June 1. Magistrate Santiago Pedraz plans to issue an international search and arrest warrant if the person does not appear.
The leader of the separatist militias will have to appear whatever happens before the Spanish courts to answer his various accusations, sources familiar with the matter told Hespress FR, who specify that calls for the opening of an investigation into the The circumstances of his illegal entry into Spain are also relevant today.
If Judge Pedraz issues his international arrest warrant against the leader of the separatist militias, Brahim Ghali will find himself trapped in Algeria and will not be able to leave Algerian territory in any way.
The head of the Polisario, had announced his intention not to appear at his hearing scheduled for June 1, an appearance which has already been postponed twice in the space of a few weeks, because of his “state of health”.
On Wednesday, Ghali refused to sign his summons to appear before magistrate Santiago Pedraz, and argued that he could not decide to go to his appearance without first referring it to the Algerian embassy, country which feeds and supports the separatist militias hostile to Morocco, but which denies however being involved in the conflict of the Sahara.
Judge Pedraz had refused to follow up on the parties’ requests to adopt protective measures against Ghali in order to prevent him from leaving Spain unpunished. The magistrate considered that the accused had not tried to flee justice and that he remained easy to locate given that he is in the hospital of Logroño.
However, Brahim Ghali, who is being prosecuted for war crimes against Sahrawis dissidents of the separatist movement of the Polisario, entered Spanish soil illegally, under a false identity, that of an Algerian and with a false diplomatic passport. He had also escaped justice several times since 2008.
The first case for which Brahim Ghali is due to appear concerns the complaint filed by the Sahrawi Fadel El Breika, who accuses him, among other things, of torture, in particular by electric shock, of kidnapping in the Tindouf camps in Algeria in 2019.
The second case pits him against the Sahrawi association for the defense of human rights (ASADEDH) which has renewed its complaint for “crimes of murder, injuries, illegal detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and terrorism”. Judge Pedraz decided to reopen this case after that of Fadel El Breika. The complaint does not concern only Brahim Ghali but several leaders within the separatist movement as well as Algerian security officials.
The separatist leader is also accused for the same reasons by the association of Canarian victims and is also the subject of a complaint for rape against the Sahrawi Khadijatou Mahmoud, currently a refugee in Spain.