France: AARASD denounces expulsion of activist Claude Mangin Asfari of Morocco

Paris, July 10, 2019 (SPS) - The Association of Friends of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic of France (AARASD) on Monday denounced the expulsion of Morocco activist Claude Mangin who tried Monday to visit her husband Naâma Asfari, a Saharawi political prisoner in Kenitra prison (Morocco).

"The Association of Friends of the SADR and all associations in France and Europe in solidarity with Sahrawi denounce this new expulsion,  voicing their total support for all initiatives that can take Ms. Mangin-Asfari to enter the Kenitra prison where her husband jailed, "said the French association in a statement released Monday.

the said associations, the statement continues, will appeal to the French authorities to support Claude Mangin in the application of his access rights.

Claude Mangin moved on Monday for a second visit of her imprisoned husband to Kenitra (50 km north of Rabat), but she was manu militari expelled from Casablanca airport aboard the same plane that has just landed in Paris-Orly.

This is not the first time that the activist has been prevented from visiting her husband Naâma Asfari, who has been detained since November 2010, after being sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of confessions signed under torture for his participation at the Saharawi camp of Gdeim Izik SPS