Mr. Ahmed Braih
Mr. Ahmed Braih

The son of a polisario senior officer Mr. Ahmed Brah, aka Mr. Ahmed Khalil, who was tasked with monitoring human rights and security in the camps of Tindouf, denounced the mysterious disappearance of his father on the Algerian soil, holding the polisario separatists responsible for his abduction.

Mr. Ahmed Braih
Mr. Ahmed Braih

Mr. Ahmed Braih is from the tribe of ?Rguibate Souaad?, one of the largest tribes of the region, he was born in Tantan, south of Morocco, in 1953. He got his PhD in Political Sociology from the University of Fes in Morocco. Mr. Ahmed Braih is considered to be one of the original founders of the Polisario separatist movement.

In the Tindouf Camps, located in southeastern Algeria, Mr. Ahmed Braih held various positions in the Polisario Front. He was the president of the Polisario Intelligence services, the senior advisor to the president of the ? Sahara democratic republic? and the person in charge of Media and public policy. Mr. Ahmed Braih/Khalil has also held the position of the President of the union of Sahraoui writers and authors.

The last position held before disappearing was that of Media and Human Rights councilor of the Polisario front in the Algerian capital of Algiers.
His brother, Mr. Brahim Braih and other close relatives who have recently left the Tindouf Camps in Algeria have declared that Mr. Ahmed Khalil (Braih) disappeared in January 1st, 2009 from the offices of the Polisario Media and Human Rights in Algiers. They accuse the Algerian authorities of the kidnapping.

According to Khalil?s son, the case has been referred to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID). Rashid Khalil lodged a complaint with the WGEID and told the media that he had tried for more than five years to get clarifications from Algerian authorities on the fate of his father and on the circumstances and motives of his mysterious disappearance in Algeria but without success.

?We have not heard from my father since April 1, 2009 while he was on Algerian territory. We do not know if he is dead or alive,? he told reporters in Geneva.

Khalil’s son blamed Algerian authorities and the Polisario leaders for his father?s disappearance and said they are ?fully responsible for any harm that might have befallen him.?

Talking about the sufferings and consternation endured by his family members who do not have any information on the whereabouts of their dear one, he called on international human rights organizations to press Algeria and on the Polisario to save his father from physical liquidation, if he was still alive.

No official reasons were given about the disappearance, but his relatives claim that Mr. Ahmed Braih was having second thoughts abut his affiliation with the Polisario and was thinking of going back to Morocco

Source: Said Temsamani

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