In Morocco, the trial of 28 migrants for trying to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla was due to begin in Nador’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday morning, July 13, but it was postponed until July 27. A total of 64 people were arrested by the Moroccan authorities on June 24 after the attempt by 2,000 migrants, which resulted in at least 23 people dying. According to their lawyers, the migrants are charged with “illegal entry into Moroccan soil”, “disobedience” and for having “violent behavior towards employees responsible for law enforcement”.
The Armed Forces, but also the Public Prosecutor’s Office, have requested that the proceedings be postponed to a later date for the 28 migrants and asylum seekers. This referral would enable the defense to prepare the conclusions. When it comes to prosecution, it requires a physical presence in court 20 reporting police who claim to have been subjected to violence by migrants.
The second procedure for 36 migrants, prosecuted in the same frame before the court of first instance in Nador, was also sent back to July 18: the third suspension in a row.
Here, too, the defense, absent from the hearing, needs more time to prepare the files. The accused are imprisoned and the court refuses to let them appear at large.
The hunt for 64 immigrants of Moroccan justice arouses indignation. The Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) demanded that they be guaranteed “a fair and just trial that gives them the right to defend themselves”.
At least 23 African migrants were killed in late June in an attempt to force entry into the Spanish enclave of Melilla (northern Morocco), all through “mechanical suffocation,” the National Human Rights Council said on Wednesday. Homme (CNDH), an official Moroccan body. But Omar Naji, a member of the Moroccan Human Rights Association (MADH), also mentions for the first time at least 58 missing migrants.
Omar Naji, a member of the Moroccan Human Rights Association (MADH), says 58 people are still missing
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