The court of appeal delivered its judgment regarding the case of the jihadist Mohamed Dihani, the leader of a terrorist group called “The Sahara Jihadist Front,” reducing his sentence to six years. The leader of the group was first sentenced by the trial court to ten years in prison.


Over the course of the trial, the Polisario presented Dihani as a Sahrawi militant and a human rights activist. The separatist machine fabricated stories of kidnapping and torturing, alleging that Moroccan authorities used various torture methods to obtain false confessions from Mohamed Dihani.


The strategy used by the Polisario is not a new one especially that the United States is planning to present a draft resolution aiming to extend the Minurso mandate to monitor human rights in the Moroccan Sahara. Yet, now it is a matter of territorial and international security.


After several years under terrorism monitoring in Italy, Mohamed Dihani returned to Morocco in November 2008, targeting not only Moroccan interests but also international ones. The investigations indicated that he was planning the assassinations of important figures, such as the Pope and famous Egyptian journalist Majdi Allam. He was also willing to attack numerous Western localities such as McDonald’s restaurants.


Evidence also suggests that Dihani had direct contact with Al-Qaeda to obtain logistic support. Furthermore, Dihani was also taught by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) how to make bombs and explosive packages.


The Polisario and its creator, the Algerian government, are manipulating the case of Dihani in order to divert the international community and the public opinion from the torture and human rights’ abuse in Tinduf, the Polisario’s camps in Algeria.


The Polisario militias’ plan is to make the public opinion forget their link with AQIM and the fact that the terrorists in Mali are coming from their camps. And lastly, they adamantly aspire to distort the Moroccan Sahara Autonomy Plan by presenting misleading facts.


The world is not ready to accept the creation of another Al-Qaeda group in the Moroccan Sahara. Hence, in the name of international human rights, the Moroccan authorities are not going to release the founder and head of “The Sahara Jihadist Front.”

By Zineb Louh