The General Secretary of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, left Spain at 1:30 a.m. this Wednesday in an official Algerian plane from Pamplona Airport and will arrive in Algiers around 3:00 a.m.
Sources consulted by Europa Press have confirmed this abandonment of Spanish territory, which took place without incident on a plane dispatched from Algeria, although the same sources have made it clear that the plane is not associated with the Maghreb armed forces.
Ghali had discreetly left San Pedro de Logroño Hospital, where he was admitted for a month and a half to treat COVID-19, around 9:30 p.m. after voluntarily requesting his discharge and just hours after his electronic declaration before the National Court. No precautionary measure burdens him so that he can leave Spain unhindered.
The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, has assured that the “humanitarian aid” for the Secretary General of Polisario has been “closed” and that it will be published in the “next hours and moments”. “It no longer makes sense for him to stay in Spain. The humanitarian aid is over,” he said in an interview on TVE.
Spain had welcomed Ghali on “humanitarian grounds”, according to the government itself, thus responding to the deterioration in the health of the leader of the Saharawi after the coronavirus was caught. According to Foreign Affairs, the Polisario leader entered with his own Algerian passport and changed his identity at the hospital himself.
Ghali’s reception served as a trigger for a crisis in Morocco that two weeks ago led to the entry of thousands of people into Ceuta and a political clash between Rabat and Madrid, in which the Moroccan ambassador to Spain called for consultations.