According to the Saharawi Collective of Human Rights Defenders, CODESA, a Saharawi citizen with Italian residence was abducted by Moroccan police officers in El Aaiķn on 28 April. Read CODESA's report here.
The Saharawi citizen Mohamad Dayhani was abducted by Moroccan plainclothes police in Alaaiun/Western Sahara on 28 April 2010.
Mohamad Dayhani, a 24 year old resident in Italia, was seen for the last time at 22:30 in Alhizam Street near the house of his relative, the Saharawi political prisoner Abdallah Dayhani, who had been released that same day from Tiznit prison/Morocco.
Mohamadís brother, Bachir Dayhani, and his cousin, Ali Dayhani, inform us that he was kidnapped after police agents called him while he left his relativeís house where a celebration in the honour of Abdallah Dayhanií liberation was held.
According to his family, Mohamad Dayhani has been arrested before and has been tortured by the Moroccan police in December 2009. This was attributed to his accompanying an Italian journalist who came to cover the return of Saharawi human rights defender Aminattou Haidarís to Alaaiun/Western Sahara.
Five days after the kidnapping, the fate of the Saharawi citizen Mohamad Dayhani is still unknown. His family has made inquiries at the Moroccan police stations and contacted all his friends. They fear that heís possibly under arrest facing torture because of his family relation to the Saharawi political prisoner Abdallah Dayhani.
The Saharawi Collective of Human Rights Defenders CODESA, confirms that the Moroccan state still abducts Saharawi civilians and is gravely concerned about the fate of Mohamad Dayhani, probably facing torture and ill-treatment, and calls for the immediate disclosure of his fate.
Africa's last colony
Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.