Woman Accuses Polisario Leader Brahim Gali Of Rape

Woman Accuses Polisario Leader Brahim Gali Of Rape

A journalist has collected the "testimony" of Jadiyetu Mohamud (Khadijatou Mahdmoud), a Sahrawi who currently lives in Seville and who accuses the leader of the separatists of the Polisario, Brahim Ghali, of having raped her in 2010.

The incident happened while she was working as a "translator for NGOs in the Tindouf camps." She thus recounted the "ordeal she experienced and the psychological consequences left by her sexual assault, while showing "his determination to obtain justice."

In this regard, the journalist recalled that Jadiyetu Mohamud had filed a complaint in 2017 against his attacker, Brahim Ghali, before the National Hearing, specifying however, according to documents to which La Razón had access, that".

His procedure had been rejected because of the place of the crime, committed in Algeria, and the nationality of his attacker". Finally, referring to the hospitalization of Ghali in Spain, Jadiyetu Mohamud expressed his incomprehension to see Spain welcoming a criminal and said to hope that the Spanish authorities stop him or at least do not allow him to leave the country pending legal proceedings against him, assuring that he is not the only person to have denounced him in Spain.

On this point, the author specifies that both Brahim Ghali and Khadijatou, on his father's side Mahmoud, were Spanish citizens until 1975, when the Sahara was a Spanish colony.

From the outset, the article gets to the heart of the matter and directly accuses Brahim Ghali of being the perpetrator of the rape committed against Khadijatou.

After a brief biographical overview of the young Sahrawi victim (birth in the camps, departure for Spain as part of the vacation program, stay with adoptive family in Seville, return to the camps as a volunteer translator), the story ends at the fateful date of the rape perpetrated by the former ambassador of the alleged rasd in Algiers, who later became the head of the Polisario.

The author points out that for family and cultural reasons linked to the conservative Sahrawi society but also for fear of being persecuted, the young Sahrawi could not reveal her tragedy and denounce her rapist until she returned to Spain with the support of his adoptive family.

However, the journalist continues, the complaint was rejected in 2018 by the National Hearing on the pretext that the two parties involved are not of Spanish nationality and that the accused does not reside in Spain.

The journalist indicates that the current context marked by social repulsion to the crime of rape (the me too movement, gang rape cases in Spain) could bring the case to the right place.

Likewise, the presence of Brahim Gali in Spain, although Khadijatou cannot understand how a wanted rapist was allowed to enter Spanish territory in a normal way, is in a way a chance to seek justice.

For this, says the author, Khadijatou is supported by a lawyer for better understand her tragedy and her trauma.

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