President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Brahim Ghali has left Spain after six-weeks of treatment for COVID.
He is in Algiers tonight and will return to his country much of which has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975.
Algeria supports the SADR and provides shelter in refugee camps from where the government in exile operates.
Morocco, which is an absolute monarchy, is furious at Spain providing medical treatment for Ghali.
The Madrid government insists it acted on perfectly justifiable humanitarian grounds
In retaliation last month, Moroccan guards were withdrawn from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the north African coast, allowing hundreds of people trying to flee the oppression the kingdom to swim around the fences into Spanish territory.
At least one man drowned in the process and the refugees were returned to Morocco.
A handful of Moroccan-financed Saharawi made allegations of human rights abuses against Ghali.
Spanish judge Santiago Pedraz heard their evidence and ruled there were no clear indications of Ghali’s involvement in any crimes. He rejected a call for Ghali to be detained.
Spanish prosecutors have not pursued the matter.
Analysts say Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has cut a rod for his back seeking legal action against Ghali.
It has created a precedent for legal action to be taken in Spain against the scores of Moroccan officials accused of human rights abuses against Saharawi nationals.
They risk arrest if the travel to or transit through Spain.