Case of missing Polisario top official submitted to UN working group

Geneva - The case of Ahmad Khalil, a top official of the Polisario group, who has been reported missing since 2009, was submitted to the United Nations working group on enforced disappearance.

Khalil's son submitted the case last week to the UN group after Algerian authorities turned a deaf ear to his requests to shed light on the destiny of his father who went missing in Algeria .

"We have not heard any news about my father since his disappearance on April 1, 2009 in Algeria and we do not know if he is dead or alive", he told the press.

The young Sahrawi held the "Polisario" separatist group "fully responsible for any harm to his father", stressing that his family has been trying, for years, in vain to have information about his detention site.

He called international human rights organizations to "make pressures in order to avert his physical liquidation".

Born in 1953 in Tan-Tan, Ahmed Khalil has held several top offices at the Polisario, including head of the so-called presidency office, and was in charge of human rights and security at the Tindouf camps.

A recent release of a Sahrawi NGO says the former Polisario executive had openly expressed disagreement with the leaders over abuses against the Sahrawi population in the Tindouf camps. The source also said the man was kidnapped when he was supposed to give lectures on human rights at universities in the Algerian capital.