Indignation at the European Parliament over Spain’s decision to allow in a wanted criminal

The hospitalization in Spain of the leader of the Polisario, Brahim Ghali, wanted for war crimes and serious human rights violations, has sparked a first reaction of condemnation and rejection in the European Parliament.


The European deputy Attila Ara-Kovacs spoke out against the attitude of Spain to host on its soil a notorious criminal.


“As a European citizen, I wonder how the Spanish government can allow a notorious criminal (B. Ghali, Polisario) to enter Europe?,” the MEP said on his Twitter account.


The cooperation between the polisario, Algeria, and Spain in this case is “unacceptable in terms of security” and is “contrary to European values,” he argued.


The hosting by Spain of the separatists’ leader under a false identity and with forged documents in coordination with Algeria has been described as a State scandal and aroused emotion and condemnation throughout the world.


Spain is accused of helping a war criminal escape justice.


Sahrawi human rights activists had filed a complaint with the Spanish courts against the separatist leader for crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, enforced disappearance, and rape.


An arrest warrant was issued against him by the Spanish authorities in 2008. In 2013, he was charged by the Spanish justice.

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