When a veteran Western Saharan rebel leader checked into a Spanish hospital in April to be treated for Covid-19, few could have anticipated the repercussions. Brahim Ghali, the 71-year-old leader of the Polisario Front, arrived in the country reportedly under a false name and with an Algerian passport, with the Spanish authorities hoping to keep his stay quiet.
Ghali's hospitalisation in Spain set off a diplomatic standoff with RabatRYAD KRAMDI AFP/File Algiers (AFP) The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement returned to Algeria Wednesday after six weeks of medical treatment in Spain that unleashed a tetchy diplomatic standoff between Rabat and Madrid. Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali flew out of Pamplona airport in northern Spain overnight, with a Spanish government source telling AFP on Wednesday morning he was "in Algeria".
The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement, Brahim Ghali, returned to Algeria on Wednesday after spending more than a month in hospital in Spain - a stay which triggered a diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco. "He arrived safe and sound," said Jalil Mohamed, the Polisario Front's spokesman in Spain.
Brahim Ghali left Spain for Algeria where he has been taken to a military hospital to continue his recovery from COVID-19. Algeria's president was quick to pay him a visit. Algerian President Tebboune expressed his support for the pro-independence movement during a visit to Brahim Ghali in hospital in Algiers
MADRID (AP) — The leader of a movement seeking independence from Morocco who is at the center of a diplomatic row between Rabat and Madrid flew out of Spain to Algeria on Tuesday night, his group said. Brahim Ghali was released from a hospital in northern Spain following more than six weeks of treatment after contracting COVID-19, according to a statement sent to The Associated Press by the self-declared Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic, which is based in refugee camps in western Algeria.
MADRID – The lawyer of Brahim Ghali, a leader of Western Sahara’s Polisario Front who is in hospital in Spain, will ask the Spanish High Court to drop a war crimes case against him. “The facts which form the basis of the accusation against him are absolutely and categorically untrue,” lawyer Manuel Olle told reporters after a hearing on Tuesday.
MADRID (AP) — The leader of a movement seeking independence from Morocco testified Tuesday in a Spanish investigation into allegations against him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Brahim Ghali appeared before an investigating magistrate at the National Court in Madrid via videoconference from a hospital in Logroño, a northern Spanish city where the 71-year old was hospitalized last month after falling seriously ill with COVID-19.
Brahim Ghali traveled to Spain in April to seek medical treatment, angering Morocco. Rabat says the Polisario Front leader, who is fighting for an independent Western Sahara, is a war criminal. Ghali, seen here in 2016, has been receiving medical treament in a clinic north of Bilbao, leading to strained ties between Spain and Morocco.
The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement, whose presence in Spain has angered the Moroccan government, will appear via video link before a Spanish court today to answer allegations of torture and genocide. Brahim Ghali's treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Spain has soured relations between Madrid and Rabat.
The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement will leave Spain on Tuesday night, the Spanish government said, after his reception for medical treatment triggered a diplomatic row between Rabat and Madrid. The announcement by Madrid came just hours after a Spanish judge declined to order that Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali, who is under investigation in Spain for torture and genocide, be taken into custody.
The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement, whose presence in Spain has angered the Moroccan government, will appear before a Spanish court Tuesday to answer allegations of torture and genocide. Brahim Ghali, who heads the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, will testify by video conference from a hospital in Logrono in northern Spain where he has been treated for Covid-19 since mid-April.
The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement, whose presence in Spain has angered the Moroccan government, will appear before a Spanish court Tuesday to answer allegations of torture and genocide. Madrid's decision to allow Brahim Ghali, who heads the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, into Spain in mid-April to be treated for Covid-19 has angered Rabat.
(Reuters) - Brahim Ghali, the leader of Western Sahara's independence movement Polisario Front, whose presence in Spain has angered Morocco, will attend a high court hearing remotely next Tuesday from his hospital, his lawyer's office said on Thursday. Ghali is represented in Spain by legal firm Olle Sese Abogados, whose representative, who did not want to be named, told Reuters about Ghali's court date.
MADRID (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement at the heart of a diplomatic spat between Spain and Morocco will appear before an investigating judge in Spain on June 1, representatives of the Polisario Front in Spain said Wednesday. Brahim Ghali heads the Polisario Front and the self-declared Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic based on refugee camps in western Algeria.
Morocco on Saturday 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.
Migrants use ropes to scale walls of Ceuta in a bid to sneak into Europe as bodies wash up on the shore and Spain sends over 6,000 people back to Morocco
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Migrants were seen scaling the walls of Ceuta on Friday in bid to get into Europe On Friday, 30 migrants also crossed over into enclave Melilla and scaled fences It comes just one day after bodies of migrants washed up on the shores of Ceuta The influx of migrants comes amid diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco
On Friday, 30 migrants also crossed over into enclave Melilla and scaled fences It comes just one day after bodies of migrants washed up on the shores of Ceuta The influx of migrants comes amid diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco Morocco is angered as Spain is treating Brahim Ghali, leader of Polisario Front
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court rejected on Thursday a request to arrest Western Sahara’s independence leader, whose admittance to a Spanish hospital last month angered Morocco, and comes after migrants crossed into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. Brahim Ghali is accused by rights groups of war crimes and must still go through a preliminary hearing, a court spokesman said, part of a wider diplomatic dispute over the Polisario Front, a separatist movement fighting for Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco.