Morocco wants a “transparent” investigation into the “fraudulent” entry into Spain of Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front whose hospitalization has caused a diplomatic crisis between the two countries, followed this week by an unprecedented influx of Moroccan migrants in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
The leader of the Sahrawi independence movement supported by Algiers traveled “with falsified documents and a usurped identity,” Fouad Yazourh, a senior foreign ministry official, said on Saturday during a press briefing in Rabat. “An investigation which we hope to be transparent should be carried out to shed all the light on this affair”, he added.
According to this official, Morocco, which “revealed on April 19” its presence in Spain, has information on the “complicity” from which Mr. Ghali benefited before his departure and intends to “reveal more elements in due course. “. Spanish justice this week reopened a case against Mr. Ghali for “crimes against humanity” after an old complaint filed by the Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights, accusing him of “human rights violations On dissidents from Tindouf camps (western Algeria).
Towards a migration crisis
Mr. Ghali was hospitalized in April in an establishment in Logroño (north) after contracting Covid-19 and his state of health is “constantly improving”, according to the Polisario. His presence in Spain has aroused “the exasperation” of Morocco, which considers him “a” war criminal “. Madrid justified his transfer by “strictly humanitarian reasons”. The affair degenerated into a crisis when Moroccan forces let thousands of migrants pass to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave located in the north of the kingdom.
The Polisario militates for the independence of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony controlled for the most part by Morocco, which offers autonomy under its sovereignty. After almost 30 years of ceasefire, hostilities resumed in mid-November after the deployment of Moroccan troops in a buffer zone in the far south of the territory, to dislodge separatists who blocked the only road to Africa from the West, according to them illegal.