In Morocco, aggravated prison sentences for eighteen African immigrants after the Nador-Melilla drama

The Moroccan justice sentenced the night of Thursday, October 6, on appeal to three years in prison to eighteen African immigrants who participated in the homicidal attempt to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla (north of Morocco) at the end of June, as has been learned. the defense. « Eighteen immigrants arrested on June 24 were sentenced by the National Court of Nador [ville marocaine frontalière de Melilla] three years in prison”defense lawyer Mbarek Bouirig told AFP.

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The eighteen convicted – who are part of some sixty irregular migrants arrested after the tragedy of June 24 – had been sentenced to eleven months in prison in the first instance. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) denounced in a tweet “a repressive judicial system” after the trial.

These migrants were processed by “Illegal entry on Moroccan soil”, “violence against law enforcement officers”, “armed mafia” Y “refusal to comply”. On June 24, about 2,000 migrants, mostly from Sudan, a very poor country plagued by conflict and ruled by a military regime, tried to force their way into the Spanish city of Melilla through the Moroccan border post of Nador.

The largest number of human casualties ever recorded

The tragedy left 23 dead among the migrants according to the Moroccan authorities, 27 according to the AMDH, the main independent association for the defense of human rights in Morocco, causing strong international outrage.

This number of victims is the highest ever recorded during one of the many attempts by migrants to enter Melilla and the neighboring Spanish enclave of Ceuta, which constitute the only land borders of the European Union with the African continent. Following this tragedy, several dozen immigrants have already been sentenced to prison terms, which were later increased on appeal by the Moroccan courts.

Located in the far northwest of Africa, Morocco is a transit country for many would-be emigrants seeking to reach Europe from its Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts, or by crossing the fences that separate Morocco from the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

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