Gdeim Izik Victims

The Salé appeal court screened, on Monday, a video on the bloody events that took place in the Gdim Izik camp in 2012, claimed the lives of 11 people and injured 70 forces of order members and 4 civilians.


The video is among the pieces of evidence transferred from the court of cassation to the appeal court.


During this hearing, the fifth of its king following the court of cassation's decision to refer the case to the appeal court, the latter decided to question the witnesses after checking their IDs. They are officers, policemen who wrote the minutes and five other witnesses, one of whom was absent due to a road accident.


Pursuant to articles 304-305-306 of the criminal law and in order to examine the incriminating evidence, the court allowed the presentation of the seized items, namely walkie-talkie radio transceivers, a computer, knives and a CD documenting the Gdim Izik bloody events.


The court of law said that medical expertise practised on the suspects will be completed next Wednesday and its findings will be presented during the hearing.


The hearing was marked by a debate between the plaintiff's and the defendant's lawyers concerning the screening of a video CD on these bloody events and which is part of the incriminating evidence. The defence pleaded for postponing the trial until conducting the medical expertise on the accused.


The deputy public prosecutor presented two CDs on the same events and called for summoning 25 witnesses.


Twenty-five people are sued as part of the tragic events that took place on Nov. 8, 2010 in the Gdim Izik village and during which 13 individuals were savagely murdered, including 11 members of the forces of order. 


The suspects were tried for the first time before a military court in Feb. 2013 and were handed sentences ranging from 2 years imprisonment to a life sentence on the charges of forming criminal gangs and using violence against law enforcement officers leading to their premeditated death, body mutilation and aiding and abetting.


Following the Moroccan military judiciary reform (July 2015) and under which civilians could no longer stand trials in military courts, the cassation court decided to refer this case to a civil court for suspects' re-trial.