Abdallahi Toubali was born on 24 March 1980 in El Aaiun - the capital city of occupied Western Sahara.
Abdallahi took part in the Gdeim Izik camp, and was a member of the Dialogue Committee, which attempted to negotiate with the Moroccan authorities to assure more respect for the social and economic grievances of the camp's residents.
Abdallahi was run over by a police SUV on 7 November 2010 - the eve of the camp's dismantlement. He was taken to the hospital of El Aaiun, but was refused medical assistance. Thanks to an intervention by Gachmoula Mint Ubbi - a Saharawi defector who has been elected into the Moroccan parliament - Abdallahi was taken in for first care in the military hospital. He was allowed to go home on 2 am of 8 November 2010. At 9 am, Gachmoula came by to visit him.
Abdallahi was arrested on 2 December 2010, accused of having murdered a Moroccan police man in Gdeim Izik on 8 November - when he was in fact at home, recovering from being hit by an SUV, in the company of an elected parliamentarian.
While in detention, Abdallahi was subjected to torture; he was raped with a baton and had urine and cold water poured on his body, all the while being blindfolded, hand-cuffed, naked and subjected to insults and beatings.
Toubali was sentenced to 20 years by the Court of Appeal in Salé on the 19th of July, condemned for participation to murder, with intent to kill. During the hearings, Toubali repeatedly asked that Gachmoula Mint Ubbi be heard as a witness - a request denied by the judge. Toubali urged that he could not have committed the actions he was accused of, as he was lying in bed at home in a critical condition, recovering from a car accident. Toubali declared that the sole reason for his arrest, was his role in the Dialouge Committee, and he explained how the dialogue committee had reached an agreement with the Moroccan authorities on the 6th of November. Toubali explained that the government was supposed to the come to the camp site on the 8th of November with tents, and register the protesters in order to meet their demands. The Moroccan authorities did not keep their promise, but attacked the camp in the early hour, whilst the inhabitants were sleeping. The sole piece of evidence proving the presence of Toubail in the camp is the police records, which Toubali urges are falsified against him.
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