Human Rights Watch highlighted the case of Abdeslam Loumadi, a Sahrawi from El-Ayoun, in a civilian court. The court did not investigate Loumadi’s allegations that the police tortured him during interrogation. The court then convicted him on the basis of a statement to the police that he repudiated as false and said he did not sign. His case followed a pattern in which courts are convicting defendants using evidence that may have been obtained under torture or ill-treatment.
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