Sahrawi, Hamdi Lembarki (below right), was beaten to death, in full public view, by two policemen on 29th October 2005 on a street in the town of El Aauin.
The two policemen, Abdurrahim Lemsaoud and Mustapha Rochdi, were initially sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the murder.
An Appeal Court judgement handed down in El Aaiun on 4th March of this year reduced their sentences from 10 to 2 years. As they had already served 2 years of their sentence they have now been released from prison.
The two policemen served their prison term in the so-called Black Prison in El Aaiun; in a special cell isolated from other prisoners.
Lembarki has, since 2005, become an important symbol for the Sahrawi people.
The photograph at the top of this report was taken at his funeral
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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