Mohamed Tahlil was born in 1981 in Guelta Zemour, Western Sahara. He is currently registered as an inhabitant of Boujdour, where he lives alone.
Tahlil is the president of the Boujdour section of ASVDH - the Saharawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations Committed by the Moroccan State. He's been imprisoned for his political stance in 2005 and 2007. On both occasions, he'd been sentenced to three years in jail, but released after a year and a half. Tahlil is the president of the Boujdour section of ASVDH - the Saharawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations Committed by the Moroccan State.
Tahlil was arrested together with Bachir El Khadda and Hassan Dah on 5 December 2010, while they were having tea in café Las Dunas in El Aaiun. Tahili says that he has not been subjected to torture, but did experience psychological abuse during his interrogation when he was blindfolded and handcuffed.
Tahlil was sentenced to 20 years by the Court of Appeal in Salé, and found guilty of participation to murder of public officials in their line of duty, with intent to kill. Thalil declared himself innocent of all charges, and denounced that the only reason for his imprisonment was his political opinions. Thalil urged that he was not present in the camp during the early hours on the 8th of November. The only piece of evidence proving that Thalil was present in the camp during the early hours in the 8th of November is the police records which all accused urge are falsified and signed under torture.
Mohamed Tahlil suffers from digestive and renal complications resulting from hunger strikes during previous imprisonments.
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