The CODESA Secretariat

The Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders

El Aaiun, Western Sahara .

July 4, 2007.

News from the CODESA 

Three Sahrawi political prisoners on trial in El Aaiun, W.S.

Today, July 4, 2007 , three Sahrawi political prisoners were presented to the court of first instance in El Aaiun, W.S. They had been arrested in Smara, Western Sahara during the peaceful demonstrations calling for the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination organized by Sahrawi citizens in the city.

The Moroccan judicial police in Smara, W.S. has charged the Sahrawi political prisoners of false criminal accusations. These prisoners are:

- Khallihana Dlimi; 50 years old.
- Barkou Hamid; 28 years old.
- Barkou Maouloud; 26 years old.

The lawyers of defence have been surprised because of the speedy trial of these prisoners, as this kind of cases normally takes a long period of time due to the complexity of the regulations.   This case has lasted only 10 days.

At the arrival of the prisoners to the court, the defence  handed out a delay demand to the court body. And thus, the case was postponed until July 18, 2007.