The Fórum Canario Saharaui has expressed its absolute rejection of the statements made by Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, in the Spanish media, in which the Fórum underlines his threats to Spain with phrases such as: "You have accounts pending that one day you will have to pay".
Below is the official press release of the Fórum Canario Saharaui
Press release of the Fórum Canario Saharaui on recent threats to Spain by Brahim Ghali
In view of the declarations made in recent days by the Polisario leader Brahim Ghali, in a regrettable tour of various Spanish media, threatening Spain with phrases such as "you have outstanding accounts that one day you will have to pay", this Fórum Canario Saharaui declares the following:
That we not only reject, but also show our absolute contempt for these miserable declarations which, besides being cynical and ungrateful, show once again the true face of this subject. Furthermore, these demonstrations only manage to agitate and raise an already high tone and a violent escalation initiated the day before by his right-hand man and military chief, Mohamed Luali Akeik, who called for "actions and attacks" in the Saharan cities off the Spanish coast. Undoubtedly, the opposite of what is needed to end a conflict in a peaceful and negotiated manner within the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions, and more specifically, through the possibility of the autonomy proposal.
Thus, as far as outstanding accounts are concerned, it would be worth reminding this shady character of several things, to show that he has nothing to complain about with Spain, quite the opposite in fact:
- That barely a year ago his life was saved in extremis by the health service of La Rioja and the magnificent professionals of the San Pedro Hospital in Logroño, who worked against the clock given his state of health, and also withstanding external pressure from local and national political power given the secrecy and irregularity of his entry into Spain. This country and the community of La Rioja took a gamble on him, and he repaid that affection and dedication with these terrible threats.
- That as a result of this stay, and since Mr Ghali speaks of "pending accounts", the Rioja health service is still waiting for him to pay for the expenses of his stay out of his own pocket, as he himself promised to do and has not yet done. Of course, that was before it was discovered that he had Spanish nationality, which he had been hiding for years. This was in addition to concealing his own identity, in collusion with the Spanish and Riojan governments, until he arrived in Logroño. This concealment was possibly due to the cases he had pending before the Spanish justice system.
- That since his origins, still in the Spanish Sahara, he participated in terrorist actions against members of the Spanish Territorial Police, Saharawi natives, his former colleagues, as well as Spanish soldiers, causing deaths and injuries, as shown by the example of case 216/73 for the attack on the Budher Post, with the death of Sergeant Brahim uld Alamin. Ghali was sentenced to one year in prison in 1970, but was pardoned shortly afterwards.
- That, as Polisario Minister of Defence, he was at the head of various guerrilla and terrorist operations on the Saharan fishing bank, with the disastrous responsibility of his command for the attacks by Polisario patrols on the defenceless Spanish fishermen and workers of Fos Boucraa over a decade, which caused hundreds of innocent victims (around 300). These actions, qualified by the Spanish state as terrorist attacks and officially recognised by its victims, are also "crimes against humanity".
- Because of these events, Felipe Gonzalez expelled the Polisario delegation from Spain in 1985. However, when they resumed their activity, he was appointed Polisario representative in Spain in 1999 until he fulfilled his function in 2008, when he was sent, not by chance, to Algeria, in order to evade the lawsuits that were looming against him for his past crimes. However, his time in Madrid is remembered more for his dedication to Madrid's pulsating nightlife than to his duties as a Polisario representative, leading a dissolute and manirrous life.
- Among these complaints, the one filed by the Sahrawi Association for the Defence of Human Rights (ASADEDH) in 2007 for torture, disappearances, assassinations and illegal detentions between 1976 and 1987 against the Sahrawi population dissident of the Polisario in the Tindouf camps stands out. This case was shelved too leniently by the Spanish justice system, not because the crimes were not committed, but because the statute of limitations had allegedly expired. This case has been appealed before the Supreme Court.
- Que Ghali was also sued in 2013 by the Spanish Saharawi Jadiyetu Mohamed, who claimed that she suffered "harassment, sexual assault and rape by Brahim Gali" when she went to the SADR embassy in Algiers to ask the Polisario for a visa to travel to Spain.
- Que Ghali was denounced in August 2020 before the Audiencia Nacional by Fadel Mihdi Breica, a Sahrawi activist of Spanish nationality. Breica said that after organising several events against the official line of the Polisario Front in Tindouf, he was arrested, taken to several places of detention and subjected to beatings and electric shocks while being kept blindfolded and his hands and feet tied. The complaint is still ongoing and points to Ghali as the person responsible for ordering these abominable acts.
- It is also surprising that, during this round of interviews with the Spanish media, questions about the above are omitted, leaving the interviewee in question free rein to indiscriminately deliver his harangues, without any kind of critical questioning of his management and career, let alone self-criticism, which we do not expect from him, of course. Some of these harangues are frightening, such as when he says that "the Saharawi people will continue on the path of martyrs until full sovereignty over the territory is achieved". These are quasi-decimononic harangues, more typical of other times and regimes, and show that he does not want peace, but rather to send his own people to war (martyrs) in order to perpetuate himself in power to the detriment of a negotiated solution.
- Finally, Mr Ghali forgets that, for decades in Spain, the local and regional administrations, with the Autonomous Communities and hundreds of town councils at the head, have shown enormous solidarity towards the population he claims to represent, providing humanitarian aid of all kinds, and taking in children through the "Holidays in Peace" programme.
Having said all of the above, and leaving many other things unsaid, it only remains for us to ask Mr Ghali how you have the cheek to complain about a country on which you have inflicted infinite damage, despite giving and forgiving you everything? The facts are there, as is the moral turpitude of this dark character.