The Law Society is concerned by reports of the treatment, persecution and imprisonment of the Sahrawi activist Mr Mbarak Daoudi.  Mr Daoudi and four of his sons were arrested on 28 September 2013 (16 months ago) following an unlawful police raid, performed without a warrant in which four of his sons were also arrested.  Mr Daoudi was interrogated for three days without access to legal assistance.  He told his lawyers that police had beaten and insulted him, and forced him to sign a “confession.”  He was then charged with possession of an weapon (ordnance) without a licence, a charge he vehemently denies.  This charge relates to an antique cannon seized from the house of his Father and rounds of ammunition he possessed for use with a licensed gun.  Mr Daoudi, who served for 30 years in the Moroccan Armed Forces, retired in 2008 and who is now a civilian, has been held in detention without trial since his arrest.

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