Gdeim Izik Victims

Suspects involved in the Gdim Izik violence withdrew from their trial following 18 hearings and refused to stand trial and face the witnesses after they were surrounded by undeniable proofs about their implication in criminal acts for which they are sued, said on Monday representative of the Public Prosecutor's Office Khalid Kerdoudi. Recognized by the witnesses who provided their names and roles within the camp, the suspects refused at first to be brought to court to face the witnesses for the defence and for the prosecution, then decided to withdraw after they were surrounded by the truth, said Kerdoudi in his statement before the criminal chamber at the annexe of Salé's appeal court.


Concerning the torture allegations and the lack of conditions for a fair trial, Kerdoudi said it was an unsuccessful strategy which was not based on any evidence.


Referring to Gdim Izik events dated Nov. 8, 2010 in Dchira near Laayoune, he said that the suspects held captive a number of citizens, based on a prior agreement with foreign parties, and at the moment of police intervention to free the citizens, they assaulted law enforcement officers using knives, gas cylinders, stones and vehicles.


Recalling the charges brought against them namely forming criminal gangs, violence against law enforcement officers causing their premeditated death, body mutilation and aiding and abetting, the representative of the Public Prosecutor's Office said that elements of forming a criminal gang are well-established against the accused in minutes by the judiciary police.


He also explained how the camp was managed from the inside and the distribution of roles among the gang members, led by Naama Assfari, noting that according to incriminating evidence submitted to court, the reasons behind the setting up of the Gdim Izik camp were not social demands, but rather an attempt to undermine the country's stability. The suspects were tried for the first time before a military court in Feb. 2013 but 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.


The Gdim Izik events left 11 killed and 70 wounded among the security forces, as well as 4 injured among civilians.