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.
The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement, whose presence at a Spanish hospital sparked a diplomatic row with Rabat, left Spain overnight and flew to Algeria, a government source said Wednesday. He's "in Algeria," the source told AFP. Late on Tuesday, Spain's foreign ministry said Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali would be leaving from Pamplona airport but did not say where he would be going.
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
Spain's High Court on Tuesday turned down on a prosecution request for Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali to be taken into custody, saying the plaintiffs in a war crimes case have not provided evidence showing his responsibility. "The prosecution report has not provided elements of evidence supporting the existence of reasons to believe he is responsible of any crime," a court document said.
(Reuters) - Spain's High Court on Tuesday turned down on a prosecution request for Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali to be taken into custody, saying the plaintiffs in a war crimes case have not provided evidence showing his responsibility. The Polisario Front leader has been treated in a hospital in Logrono, in northern Spain, after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
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.
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 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.
(Reuters) - 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
More than 6,600 of the 8,000-plus migrants who swam or jumped over border fences into one of Spain’s North African enclaves this week have been sent back to Morocco, authorities said on Friday. No fresh arrivals were recorded for the second day in a row in Ceuta, the Spanish city of 85,000 at the centre of a diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco, after Moroccan authorities stepped up vigilance on their side of the border.
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.
SPAIN has accused Morocco of blackmail after shocking images were published of a crying migrant boy seen in a desperate bid to enter the EU. Spanish authorities have admitted being overwhelmed this week after a staggering 8,000 people crossed from Morocco into Spain.Footage showed one young boy swimming towards El Tarajal beach, in Ceuta, while crying and desperately clinging onto a buoy made of plastic bottles to keep him afloat.
Crying migrant boy uses plastic bottles to stay afloat in his desperate bid to reach Spanish enclave as Madrid accuses Morocco of 'aggression' and 'blackmail' over surge in arrivals
Footage shows the child paddling desperately towards El Tarajal beach in Ceuta and clinging onto a buoy He is one of a record 8,000 people to cross from Morocco into Spain since Monday, overwhelming authorities Spain has accused Morocco of 'blackmail' over allowing such huge numbers to cross the border
The migration crisis on the Spanish-Moroccan border likely has its roots in a long-running conflict that lies in about 2,000 kilometers (1242 miles) away.DW explains what's behind it. Celebrating 43 years of the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic in 2019 What is the crisis between Spain and Morocco about?
MADRID (Reuters) -Spain’s high court has served Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali with a June 1 summons for a preliminary hearing in a war crimes case against him, a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed. The summons is the first step toward a potential trial of the Polisario Front leader, whose admittance to a Spanish hospital for treatment last month has angered Morocco.