The Moroccan Court of Cassation upheld the sentences handed down in 2013 for 19 separatists from Western Sahara, ranging from twenty years to life imprisonment. Saharawi activists are accused of having participated in the violence in the Gdim Izik camp, near the border in southern Morocco, in 2010. This verdict comes against a backdrop of renewed conflicts between Saharawis and Moroccans.
For these Saharawis, the legal battle will have lasted 10 years: from November 2010, when they were arrested by the Moroccan police after the murderous dismantling of the Gdim Izik encampment, to the convictions confirmed Wednesday by the Court of Cassation. (RFI)