Brahim Ghali, the president of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, has cancelled his trip to Spain after the European nation’s judge recently decided to reopen a case against him for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Ghali has been due to participate in a symposium in Barcelona on November 18-19 before he cancelled his trip. Judge Jose de la Mata, of the Spanish National Court, which holds the highest power in Spain, had authorized the country’s police force to deliver a summons for Ghali to appear in Investigative Court No. 5 on November 19.
In 2007, the Spanish court heard a compliant against Ghali, which included accusations of “torture, genocide and detention.”
The organization that filed the lawsuit against Ghali said the last-minute cancellation occurred “because of his fear of arrest, which further validates the veracity of the accusations against him.”
The plaintiff, the International Organization for the Defense of the Freedom and Rights of Moroccans, said its leaders had planned to attend the symposium as well, in order to confront Ghali regarding the heinous charges, but the group confirmed with the event’s organizers that the Polisario Front leader had recently opted out of attendance.
Ghali became president of the Polisario Front’s self-proclaimed government this year, when Mohamed Abdelaziz passed away after four decades of rule.