Spain’s High Court rejects provisional custody for Polisario Front’s Ghali


MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court on Tuesday turned down on a prosecution request for Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali to be taken into custody, saying the plaintiffs in a war crimes case have not provided evidence showing his responsibility.

The Polisario Front leader has been treated in a hospital in Logrono, in northern Spain, after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Ghali and other Front leaders are accused by human rights groups and Western Sahara individuals of genocide, murder, terrorism, torture and disappearances, a court document said. Ghali rejects any wrongdoing, his lawyer said.

(Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Inti Landauro; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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