Western Sahara: Gdeim Izik detainees refuse Medical expertise conducted by Moroccan staff

Sale (Morocco), 9 April 2017 (SPS) - The Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group have refused the expertise requested by the Court of Appeal of Salé, conducted by a Moroccan commission.

This is contrary to the Istanbul protocol which stipulates that the medical expertise must be impartial, said the Defence League of Sahrawi detainees.

After that Salé court spoke to media about the refusal of the Sahrawi detainees of Gdeim Izik Group, the League said that "they rejected the medical expertise which, according to them will not be impartial," adding that the political detainees express attachment to the Istanbul protocol which insists on impartiality in the medical expertise procedure," Sahrawi media reported.

The Geneva-based UN Committee against Torture had "condemned last year the torture of detainee Naama Asfari to obtain confessions during his detention. (SPS)

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