Polisario leader arrives in Algeria from Spain

The leader of a Western Saharan separatist group arrived in Algeria early on Wednesday, after leaving a hospital in Spain where he was being treated for Covid-19.

Brahim Ghali, the Polisario Front leader, left Spain at 01:40 local time (23:40 GMT) on a chartered plane.

“He arrived safe and sound,” the Reuters news agency quoted Jalil Mohamed, the Polisario Front’s spokesman, as saying.

The move came after a judge in Madrid turned down a request by prosecutors to detain him in relation to alleged human rights abuses.

His presence in Spain had triggered a diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco, which claims sovereignty over Western Sahara – a former Spanish colony.

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