Mohamed El Ayubi was born on 18 November 1955 in El Aaiun - the capital of Western Sahara, which at the time was still a Spanish colony.
Mohamed has never been married and has no children. He suffers from a mental disorder which originated in early childhood.
Mohamed had been staying the Gdeim Izik camp, and was arrested there by the Moroccan army on 8 November 2010. He has gone through inhumane treatment while in detention; he was raped with a club, the police poured cold water and urine over him and beaten on the soles of his feet. All the while he was blindfolded, hand-cuffed and naked.
According to his sister Aisha and his lawyer, Mohamed has difficulty speaking as a result of the torture inflicted upon him. Several other injuries, such as a broken hand, were not attended to while he was detained.
Due to his health problems, Mohamed was provisionally released on 13 December 2011. On 17 February 2013, however, the Moroccan military tribunal of Rabat sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
The case of Mohamed El Ayubi was separated from the group case in June 2017, and his case was scheduled to the 27th of September 2017 at the Court of Appeal in Salé. The court case of Auybi was on the 27th of September postponed until the 15th of November 2017.
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