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Is Sidi Mohamed Dadach North Africa’s Mandela? (MEE)

Dadach was captured in 1976 by the same Moroccan army he was forced to join two years later to avoid the death penalty. His plan was to defect and join the ranks of the Polisario. His only attempt, he said, was unsuccessful:

“I had an accident in the vehicle I was travelling in but I ended up in prison again, this time with a broken arm.”

The young rebel was sentenced to death in 1980 and he would spend 14 years on Moroccan death row. He remembers every each and single day as triumph: “I spent all those years incommunicado in a 2×1.5-metre cell full of cockroaches coming out from the toilet hole. I could only sleep from midday until four in the afternoon because executions were always conducted at night and I was always awake at every noise of the main gate, every single footstep of the guards…”

– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/node/45630#sthash.f25ATcH9.48Rur9FD.dpuf


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