Mohamed Lamin Haddi was born in 1984 in El Aaiun, Western Sahara.
He was arrested by Moroccan secret service on 20 November 2010 in El Aaiun. He claims not to have been tortured, though he says he was subjected to human rights violations while being blindfolded, handcuffed and deprived from food.
It is believed that his arrest was linked to the assistance he had offered to two Belgian doctors, Marie-Jeanne Wuidat and Ann Collier, who were on a humanitarian mission in the occupied territories to provide medical assistance to Saharawi victims of Morocco’s repression in the Gdeim Izik camp. In the aftermath of the camp's dismantlement, many Saharawi were refused help by the Moroccan staff in the hospital of El Aaiun. The Belgian doctors were expelled from El Aaiun.
Mohammed Lamin Haddi declared in the Court of Appeal in Salé that he was in El Aauin on the 8th of November, and witnessed the protests that emerged after the violent dismantlement of the camp. Haddi declared that he witnesses civilians being beaten in the streets, women being raped, and witnessed the military forces assault people in the streets. Haddi declared that two of his friends died that day.
Haddi was sentenced to 25 years by the Court of Appeal, and found guilty of participation to murder of public officials in their line of duty, with intent to kill. Haddi urged that the only reason for his imprisonment was his human rights activism, and urged that he was innocent of all charges. The only piece of evidence proving or describing the acts committed by Haddi, or even his presence in the camp, are police records that Haddi urges are falsified against him and signed under torture.
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