The Government has avoided ruling this Tuesday on various information that indicated that an official Algerian Government plane would take off this Tuesday from that country to pick up the leader of the Polisario Front in Spain, Brahim Ghali, and turned around when flying over Ibiza.

The flight of the aircraft occurred before the judge Santiago Pedraz refuse to take precautionary measures against Ghali, beyond requesting a telephone number and a postal address to be able to reach him. The magistrate has thus rejected the withdrawal of the passport or his preventive detention, as requested by the defense. The reason is that he does not appreciate the risk of flight reported by the lawyer for the private prosecution, María José Malagón. Nor did the Prosecutor’s Office believe that his passport should be withdrawn and the defense has insisted that the accusations are “political.”

As this newspaper has learned, it would be the second time that Algeria has tried to repatriate the leader of the Polisario Front, since last Monday another plane also took off without success.

The spokeswoman for the Executive, Maria Jesus Montero, has been questioned this noon in the press conference after the Council of Ministers for this fact, ensuring that “he does not know” such information. “I have no record of any intervention on any issue you are commenting on. Today the leader of the Polisario Front is declaring in court and I cannot speak about his state of health or his chances of discharge, since that the interested party wants to protect this confidential information “, he has indicated.

According to the information published in “” and “El Confidencial”, a “jet” would have left early in Algeria with this objective and “however, when the aircraft reached the height of the island of Ibiza, already in Spanish airspace, it turned around and started on its way back to Algiers.”

No foreign action after the judge’s decision

There has been no action from Foreign Affairs “or from any flight that has returned,” Montero said.

The spokeswoman recalled that Ghali testified this morning at the National Court and has appealed for the independence of the Judicial Power, because it will be the one who makes a decision on him. Thus, the judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz He has already refused to send Ghali to prison, whom he has asked to be contactable after taking a statement for several complaints filed against him.

Nor has Montero wanted to talk about Ghali’s state of health and whether there is a possibility that he will be discharged from hospital, since “the person concerned wants to protect this information, which is confidential,” although he has wished him his speedy recovery, like all who are sick, has concluded.


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