Justice said its word in the trial of the 24 persons involved in the deadly incidents in Gdeim Izik and the verdict fell in the early hours of Sunday.

The sentences ranging from two year prison terms to life imprisonment have been less severe than what was expected by the victims' families, as well as by the media and the observers that had learnt about the incriminating evidence and that were expecting capital punishment.

With all due respect to all those who spared no effort to discredit the Moroccan military justice, the Gdeim Izik group’s trial, was not marred by any flaws, as admitted by international observers and the defense lawyers. It has been generally recognized that the trial was conducted in accordance with internationally recognized procedures, a recognition that was not to the taste of the Polisario and some international NGOs openly aligned on its separatist theses.

 

The Physical evidence (photos and videos), presented by the prosecution at the hearings, did not leave any doubt as to the documented involvement of the defendants in the lynching of unarmed law enforcement agents, their assassination and mutilation of their corpses.

The victims’ families can finally find solace knowing that the killers of their loved ones are behind bars thanks to the work of the magistrates who, without yielding to external pressures or rendering disproportionate rulings, succeeded to prove, with supporting evidence, the guilt of the culprits. Firmness and fairness were the watchwords throughout the trial, which started on February 1.

At the same time, the judges were able to unmask the maneuvers of  the Polisario leaders who guided the defendants from their headquarters in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.

The trial, held publicly in the presence of national and international observers, human rights activists and local and foreign media, showed the horror and barbarity of the crimes committed against the law enforcement agents who had received orders not to use their firearms to avoid casualties among civilians who claimed peacefully their rights to housing and employment.

In this trial, where all the parties, including the defendants, were able to express themselves freely, Morocco won the bet of a fair trial and gave an irrefutable proof of the independence of its justice, including its military wing.

Notwithstanding the aftermath of the tragic events of Gdeim Izik, Morocco keeps its doors wide-open to all those who wish to return to the motherland, to reunite with their families and to actively participate in the building of a modern and democratic kingdom.

Besides, this is one of the major objectives of the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco as a political solution to settle once and for all the conflict opposing it to the Polisario over the Sahara.

20/02/2013