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Spanish judge orders extradition of Moroccan officials for genocide

A Spanish judge has ruled 7 Moroccan officials accused of orchestrating killings in Western Sahara from 1975-1991, should be arrested and extradited to Spain to face charges of genocide.

Judge Pablo Ruz ruled this week that some of the victims in Western Sahara had Spanish identity cards, since they had lived in the area when it was a Spanish colony. Some of the accused include members of the current government.

The judge stated that after Spain left the colony, the region was annexed by Morocco who battled against the pro-independence Polisario Front. During the fighting, victims were tortured and killed by Moroccan officials.

Currently 45 UN member states currently recognize the autonomy of the Western Sahara state, known as Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

See more from AP here and Jurist here.