Machdoufi Ettaki
Age: 32
Sentenced to two years by the Appeal Court in Salé in 2017. Released in 2013.
Published: 15.02 - 2014 21:50Printer version    
elmachdoufi_ettaki_300.jpgMachdoufi Ettaki was born on 11 March 1985 in Tan Tan, a town in the south of Morocco with a large Saharawi population.

Ettaki currently lives in El Aaiun. He used to work as a soldier in the Moroccan army, but was expelled in 2009 for not following orders. After four months imprisonment he was expelled from the army. He has been unemployed since.

On 8 November 2010, Ettaki was arrested by the Moroccan police in the Gdeim Izik camp. He was brought to the police station, where he was tortured for six days while being blindfolded, handcuffed and stripped of his clothes. The police poured urine on him, and beat him so severely that he had to be transported to the hospital twice.

Ettaki was released on 17 February 2013, while the 23 others were condemned to extremely tough sentences. Ettaki was found guilty on violence against public officials in their line of duty by the Court of Appeal in Salé on the 19th of July, and condemned to two years.



    


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