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Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass | Read more... | « Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass
Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass | Read more... | « Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Message from the family of Ali Aarrass We need your support ! Please donate now ! As you well know, we have undertaken several actions to protect the interests of Ali Aarrass in Spain, in Belgium and now in Morocco. We want to thank you for being at our side in this struggle. But our financial resources are very limited. We need to pay a team of lawyers in the three countries in order to obtain the release of Ali. Every donation is very welcome! Background Ali Aarrass, a Moroccan-Belgian national, was born in 1962 in Melilla, a small Spanish enclave in the North of Morocco. His parents were divorced and he later moved to Belgium with his sister Farida at the age of 15. While in Belgium, Aarrass worked very hard to earn an honest living and took care of his mother and two sisters. After living in Belgium for 28 years, he returned to Melilla where his father lived. He went with his wife Houria in 2005 where they adopted a little girl. There, Aarrass continued to work hard to support not only his family, but as his step-brother had lost his sight, Aarrass also supported his family. Arrests in Spain Aarrass was arrested for the first time in November 2006 by the Spanish police. He was released under caution for €24,000 which his father raised by putting together all of his savings. On 1 April 2008, Spanish police arrested Aarrass for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. Aarrass was arrested in Spain because he was suspected of trying to smuggle arms in Morocco. Regarding the international arrest warrant issued by Morocco, Aarrass was wanted after Abdelkader Belliraj gave a list of names under torture. He was then said to be involved in arms trafficking to help a terrorist network. Morocco further alleges that he is linked to Casa de España bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco on 16 May 2003, and accuse him of being a member of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco since 1982. Detention and Extradition Ali Aarrass remained detained on the authority of an international arrest warrant from 1 April 2008: first in a prison in Madrid, then in Badajoz and was eventually confined in the Bota fuegos prison in Algeciras, Spain. He was in a high security regime reserved for people suspected of terrorism. It has been argued that the principle of double jeopardy was not ignored as Ali Aarrass was never brought to trial and found innocent, and that there is no law against being investigated for the same offence twice. But this is completely missing the point. He was investigated for charges of terrorism and cleared of them due to a lack of evidence. An interesting sentiment is raised by Abderraman Benyahya, spokesperson of the Islamic Commission, who stated that the Spanish authorities would never have allowed the extradition "if the accused hadn't been Muslim"; if he hadn't been a Muslim accused of terrorism. In November 2010, the extradition of Aarrass was finally ordered by a court. On 26 November 2010, the United Nations Human Rights issued an interim measure requesting Spain no to proceed with the extradition of Ali Aarrass as he would be at risk of torture in Morocco. On 14 December 2010, the Belgian consul received instructions to visit Aarrass. However, he was informed that the visit could not take place as he had been deported to Morocco. The family of Aarrass was never informed of his extradition and they became aware of it through the media. Disappearance and torture in Morocco As permitted by the Moroccan legislation, Aarrass was subsequently held in secret detention for eight days without any access to the outside world. During that period of time, he was questioned and tortured by the DST. He narrated torments that are commonly reported by people detained under the anti terrorist legislation in Morocco, including sleep deprivation, injection of chemicals, electric shocks to his genitals and rape. He also said he was hanged by his feet and beaten. Reappearance On 22 December 2010, Aarrass was presented to examining magistrate Chentouf who received the forced confessions he had made under torture. He faced the accusations of transporting arms between Belgium, Spain and Morocco for the purpose of terrorism, even though the Spanish investigation had already cleared him from those allegations. The case of Aarrass in Morocco is based solely on statements made by other people under torture, including Abdlekader Belliraj accused of being the head of a terrorist group made of over thirty people, among them several journalists, professors and politicians. The Moroccan police did try to find material evidence against him but were unsuccessful. On one occasion, Aarrass was taken handcuffed, shackled and hooded to Nador (Morocco) and was requested to indicate with his foot a place to dig. No weapons were found. On that day, Ali Aarrass will be informed on his fate. Ali Aarrass


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Ali Aarrass | Ali Aarrass | Read more... Ali Aarrass Ali Aarrass Ali Aarrass On 1 April 2008 Spanish police arrested Ali for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay, in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. Ali Aarrass, a Moroccan-Belgian national, was born in 1962 in Melilla, a small Spanish enclave in the North of Morocco. His parents were divorced and he later moved to Belgium with his sister Farida at the age of 15. While in Belgium, Ali worked very hard to earn an honest living and took care of his mother and two sisters. Ali was well-known amongst his community in Brussels and the running of his own stationary shop provides a strong indication of why. When a new school year began, he would lower the prices of books needed by the children so that the families, particularly the poorer families, could buy everything that they needed. His compassion for others was greater than his desire for profit. In 1989 Ali obtained his Belgian nationality and completed his 12 month military service in 1993. After living in Belgium for 28 years, Ali returned to Melilla where his father lived. He went with his wife Houria in 2005 where they adopted a little girl. There Ali continued to work hard to support not only his family, but as his step-brother had lost his sight Ali also supported his family. Arrests Ali was arrested for the first time in November 2006 by the Spanish police. He was released under caution for €24,000 which his father raised by putting together all of his savings. Ali was free, but had to present himself every week to the court since an investigation on suspicion of terrorism was opened against him. On 1 April 2008 Spanish police arrested Ali for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay, in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. The initial reason for the first arrest in November 2006, as alleged by the Spanish police, was that Ali possessed a weapon that was part of a set of weapons due to be smuggled into Morocco. However, after over two years, the judicial investigation for offences linked to terrorism was provisionally closed by Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon on the grounds of lack of evidence implicating Ali in any act of terrorism. Morocco further allege that Ali is linked to Casa de España bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco on 16 May 2003, and accuse him of being a member of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco since 1982. There is something wholly troublesome with these allegations considering two simple facts: first of all judge Baltasar Garzon had declared a non-lieu in the investigation into Ali having anything to do with arms-trafficking to a terrorist network; also, Ali had been in Belgium since 1977 meaning that he was there during the Casablanca bombing and during the time he was allegedly a part of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco - it is curious as to why these allegations were even included. Detention and Extradition Ali Aarrass has been in detained on the authority of an international arrest warrant since 1 April 2008: first in a prison in Madrid, then in Badajoz and is currently confined in the Bota fuegos prison in Algeciras, Spain. He is in a high security regime reserved for people suspected of terrorism. On the dates of 21 November 2008 and 23 January 2009 Ali's extradition was authorised and confirmed, respectively. Ali's extradition was confirmed in January only after the Moroccan government had given assurances that Ali would not be condemned to death or imprisonment without the possibility of parole. On 16 March 2009, when judge Baltasar Garzon provisionally closed the judicial investigation against Ali for offences linked to terrorism which he was being investigated for by the Spanish police since 2006, he went on to accept the Moroccan extradition request. Despite clearing Ali, Garzon declared that he hadn't any objections against Ali being extradited to Morocco to stand trial for the same allegations. Upon hearing this judgement Ali began a two-month hunger strike protesting his innocence, protesting against his conditions of detention and protesting against his extradition to Morocco. It has been argued that the principle of double jeopardy was not ignored as Ali Aarrass was never brought to trial and found innocent, and that there is no law against being investigated for the same offence twice. But this is completely missing the point. Ali was investigated for charges of terrorism and cleared of them due to a lack of evidence. Now the Moroccan government, a government with an appalling human rights record, want to extradite him for the same thing Spanish police could not even find enough evidence for to take Ali Aarrass to trial. An interesting sentiment is raised by Abderraman Benyahya, spokesperson of the Islamic Commission, who stated that the Spanish authorities would never have allowed the extradition "if the accused hadn't been Muslim"; if he hadn't been a Muslim accused of terrorism. In November 2010, the extradition of Ali was finally ordered by the court and he now faces imminent removal to Morocco with the very real threat of abuse and torture awaiting him. Support for Ali Aarrass Despite authorities having effectively ignored it, there has been much support for Ali. On 30 September all parliamentary groups of the city of Melilla unanimously approved a motion urging the Central Government to freeze extradition procedures to Morocco for Ali and Mohammed. Furthermore, in Belgium hundreds of people have rallied together in protest against Ali's extradition - demonstrating in Brussels or signing petitions to Spanish and Belgium ministers demanding Ali Aarrass's freedom. Ali has already been investigated and cleared of any wrongdoing. There is no justification for his extradition and he must be released. Read 764 times | Like this? Tweet it to your followers! Published in Spain Tagged under Extradition Ali Aarrass


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London: Vigil for Ali Aarrass, Friday 16 December 11am-mid-day Moroccan Embassy
London: Vigil for Ali Aarrass, Friday 16 December 11am-mid-day Moroccan Embassy 49 Queen's Gate Gardens, London SW7 5NE


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Cageprisoners : Ali Aarrass Cage Prisoners Logo Ali Aarrass Ali Aarrass Ali Aarrass On 1 April 2008 Spanish police arrested Ali for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay, in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. Ali Aarrass, a Moroccan-Belgian national, was born in 1962 in Melilla, a small Spanish enclave in the North of Morocco. His parents were divorced and he later moved to Belgium with his sister Farida at the age of 15. While in Belgium, Ali worked very hard to earn an honest living and took care of his mother and two sisters. Ali was well-known amongst his community in Brussels and the running of his own stationary shop provides a strong indication of why. When a new school year began, he would lower the prices of books needed by the children so that the families, particularly the poorer families, could buy everything that they needed. His compassion for others was greater than his desire for profit. In 1989 Ali obtained his Belgian nationality and completed his 12 month military service in 1993. After living in Belgium for 28 years, Ali returned to Melilla where his father lived. He went with his wife Houria in 2005 where they adopted a little girl. There Ali continued to work hard to support not only his family, but as his step-brother had lost his sight Ali also supported his family. Arrests Ali was arrested for the first time in November 2006 by the Spanish police. He was released under caution for €24,000 which his father raised by putting together all of his savings. Ali was free, but had to present himself every week to the court since an investigation on suspicion of terrorism was opened against him. On 1 April 2008 Spanish police arrested Ali for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay, in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. The initial reason for the first arrest in November 2006, as alleged by the Spanish police, was that Ali possessed a weapon that was part of a set of weapons due to be smuggled into Morocco. However, after over two years, the judicial investigation for offences linked to terrorism was provisionally closed by Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon on the grounds of lack of evidence implicating Ali in any act of terrorism. Morocco further allege that Ali is linked to Casa de España bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco on 16 May 2003, and accuse him of being a member of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco since 1982. There is something wholly troublesome with these allegations considering two simple facts: first of all judge Baltasar Garzon had declared a non-lieu in the investigation into Ali having anything to do with arms-trafficking to a terrorist network; also, Ali had been in Belgium since 1977 meaning that he was there during the Casablanca bombing and during the time he was allegedly a part of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco - it is curious as to why these allegations were even included. Detention and Extradition Ali Aarrass has been in detained on the authority of an international arrest warrant since 1 April 2008: first in a prison in Madrid, then in Badajoz and is currently confined in the Bota fuegos prison in Algeciras, Spain. He is in a high security regime reserved for people suspected of terrorism. On the dates of 21 November 2008 and 23 January 2009 Ali's extradition was authorised and confirmed, respectively. Ali's extradition was confirmed in January only after the Moroccan government had given assurances that Ali would not be condemned to death or imprisonment without the possibility of parole. On 16 March 2009, when judge Baltasar Garzon provisionally closed the judicial investigation against Ali for offences linked to terrorism which he was being investigated for by the Spanish police since 2006, he went on to accept the Moroccan extradition request. Despite clearing Ali, Garzon declared that he hadn't any objections against Ali being extradited to Morocco to stand trial for the same allegations. Upon hearing this judgement Ali began a two-month hunger strike protesting his innocence, protesting against his conditions of detention and protesting against his extradition to Morocco. It has been argued that the principle of double jeopardy was not ignored as Ali Aarrass was never brought to trial and found innocent, and that there is no law against being investigated for the same offence twice. But this is completely missing the point. Ali was investigated for charges of terrorism and cleared of them due to a lack of evidence. Now the Moroccan government, a government with an appalling human rights record, want to extradite him for the same thing Spanish police could not even find enough evidence for to take Ali Aarrass to trial. An interesting sentiment is raised by Abderraman Benyahya, spokesperson of the Islamic Commission, who stated that the Spanish authorities would never have allowed the extradition "if the accused hadn't been Muslim"; if he hadn't been a Muslim accused of terrorism. In November 2010, the extradition of Ali was finally ordered by the court and he now faces imminent removal to Morocco with the very real threat of abuse and torture awaiting him. Support for Ali Aarrass Despite authorities having effectively ignored it, there has been much support for Ali. On 30 September all parliamentary groups of the city of Melilla unanimously approved a motion urging the Central Government to freeze extradition procedures to Morocco for Ali and Mohammed. Furthermore, in Belgium hundreds of people have rallied together in protest against Ali's extradition - demonstrating in Brussels or signing petitions to Spanish and Belgium ministers demanding Ali Aarrass's freedom. Ali has already been investigated and cleared of any wrongdoing. There is no justification for his extradition and he must be released. Read 208 times | Like this? Tweet it to your followers! Published in Spain Tagged under Extradition Ali Aarrass


www.cageprisoners.com

Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass | Read more... | « Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass
Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass | Read more... | « Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Urgent appeal for Ali Aarrass Message from the family of Ali Aarrass We need your support ! Please donate now ! As you well know, we have undertaken several actions to protect the interests of Ali Aarrass in Spain, in Belgium and now in Morocco. We want to thank you for being at our side in this struggle. But our financial resources are very limited. We need to pay a team of lawyers in the three countries in order to obtain the release of Ali. Every donation is very welcome! Background Ali Aarrass, a Moroccan-Belgian national, was born in 1962 in Melilla, a small Spanish enclave in the North of Morocco. His parents were divorced and he later moved to Belgium with his sister Farida at the age of 15. While in Belgium, Aarrass worked very hard to earn an honest living and took care of his mother and two sisters. After living in Belgium for 28 years, he returned to Melilla where his father lived. He went with his wife Houria in 2005 where they adopted a little girl. There, Aarrass continued to work hard to support not only his family, but as his step-brother had lost his sight, Aarrass also supported his family. Arrests in Spain Aarrass was arrested for the first time in November 2006 by the Spanish police. He was released under caution for €24,000 which his father raised by putting together all of his savings. On 1 April 2008, Spanish police arrested Aarrass for a second time, along with Mohammed El Bay in Melilla following two international arrest warrants issued for them by Morocco on 28 March 2008 for terrorism-related charges. Aarrass was arrested in Spain because he was suspected of trying to smuggle arms in Morocco. Regarding the international arrest warrant issued by Morocco, Aarrass was wanted after Abdelkader Belliraj gave a list of names under torture. He was then said to be involved in arms trafficking to help a terrorist network. Morocco further alleges that he is linked to Casa de España bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco on 16 May 2003, and accuse him of being a member of the Movement of Mujahideen from Morocco since 1982. Detention and Extradition Ali Aarrass remained detained on the authority of an international arrest warrant from 1 April 2008: first in a prison in Madrid, then in Badajoz and was eventually confined in the Bota fuegos prison in Algeciras, Spain. He was in a high security regime reserved for people suspected of terrorism. It has been argued that the principle of double jeopardy was not ignored as Ali Aarrass was never brought to trial and found innocent, and that there is no law against being investigated for the same offence twice. But this is completely missing the point. He was investigated for charges of terrorism and cleared of them due to a lack of evidence. An interesting sentiment is raised by Abderraman Benyahya, spokesperson of the Islamic Commission, who stated that the Spanish authorities would never have allowed the extradition "if the accused hadn't been Muslim"; if he hadn't been a Muslim accused of terrorism. In November 2010, the extradition of Aarrass was finally ordered by a court. On 26 November 2010, the United Nations Human Rights issued an interim measure requesting Spain no to proceed with the extradition of Ali Aarrass as he would be at risk of torture in Morocco. On 14 December 2010, the Belgian consul received instructions to visit Aarrass. However, he was informed that the visit could not take place as he had been deported to Morocco. The family of Aarrass was never informed of his extradition and they became aware of it through the media. Disappearance and torture in Morocco As permitted by the Moroccan legislation, Aarrass was subsequently held in secret detention for eight days without any access to the outside world. During that period of time, he was questioned and tortured by the DST. He narrated torments that are commonly reported by people detained under the anti terrorist legislation in Morocco, including sleep deprivation, injection of chemicals, electric shocks to his genitals and rape. He also said he was hanged by his feet and beaten. Reappearance On 22 December 2010, Aarrass was presented to examining magistrate Chentouf who received the forced confessions he had made under torture. He faced the accusations of transporting arms between Belgium, Spain and Morocco for the purpose of terrorism, even though the Spanish investigation had already cleared him from those allegations. The case of Aarrass in Morocco is based solely on statements made by other people under torture, including Abdlekader Belliraj accused of being the head of a terrorist group made of over thirty people, among them several journalists, professors and politicians. The Moroccan police did try to find material evidence against him but were unsuccessful. On one occasion, Aarrass was taken handcuffed, shackled and hooded to Nador (Morocco) and was requested to indicate with his foot a place to dig. No weapons were found. On that day, Ali Aarrass will be informed on his fate. Ali Aarrass London: Vigil for Ali Aarrass, Friday 16 December 11am-mid-day Moroccan Embassy London: Vigil for Ali Aarrass, Friday 16 December 11am-mid-day Moroccan Embassy 49 Queen's Gate Gardens, London SW7 5NE


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