Pedraz will not withdraw Ghali's passport and will take a statement electronically in June if he is still admitted by then

The judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz sees “totally unconscionable” stop the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, or “affirm” that “he has committed heinous crimes against humanity” since for the moment only a few facts are being investigated without any “imputation” against him.

The magistrate makes these assertions in a car of May 28, in which he agrees to reject for processing a complaint for a crime of forgery of identity document filed by the Moroccan Lawyers Club, which called for the “arrest” of Ghali.

Pedraz, what This Tuesday he plans to take a statement from the Polisario leader by videoconference from the hospital where he remains admitted, he rejects the complaint since the possible alleged falsehood is not foreseen within the competences of the National Court. But also the judge takes the opportunity to brand “uncertain” that Ghali is “prosecuted” for “acts of torture, kidnapping and suspected of having committed war crimes”, as the complaint says.

“They are investigating some facts that could suppose the commission of those crimes, but in no way is there an imputation against him, who at all times enjoys the right to the presumption of innocence; being totally unconscionable to try to stop how to affirm that this person who has committed atrocious crimes against humanity “, indicates the magistrate.

“It is totally unconscionable to try to stop how to affirm that this person who has committed atrocious crimes against humanity”

The complainant association, “made up of more than 500 Moroccan lawyers,” went to the La Rioja Superior Prosecutor’s Office, to whom it conveyed “the consternation and indignation” felt “after the information” that indicated that Ghali had been admitted “to the Hospital San Pedro de Logroño with a false identity and presenting falsified identity documents “.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

After receiving the complaint, the magistrate also explains in his order that it relies on “information”, without “it being established that false documents were actually or at least incidentally used” by Ghali.

The Polisario leader, who entered Spain in the middle of last month to be hospitalized for COVID-19, is summoned tomorrow to give a statement by videoconference in the framework of two complaints for alleged torture of members of the Polisario Front against the dissident Sahrawi population in the fields of Tindouf (Algeria).


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