Tahar Saadoun, the father of young Brahim, sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic for having fought in the Ukrainian army, before being released yesterday, Wednesday September 21, 2022, expressed his gratitude to King Mohammed VI, who followed the situation closely until its successful outcome.
Tahar Saadoun still can’t believe it. “We spent a sleepless night waiting for the slightest development since the announcement of Brahim’s release. He is currently still in Saudi Arabia, where he will have to undergo a battery of medical examinations and benefit from a pass in order to be able to return to Morocco”, he specifies, contacted this Thursday morning by Le360.
“At home, it’s a party and we can never be grateful enough to the Saudi authorities and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salamne who intervened to make this release possible. The gratitude of our whole family goes especially to His Majesty King Mohammed VI who surrounded us with his concern, closely followed Brahim’s situation and personally intervened to ensure that our child was back with us. All night long, our prayers went to the Sovereign, may God grant him long life, as well as to his family”, testifies Tahar Saadoun, moved, but dignified.
The release of his son, Brahim, is the demonstration of the greatness of Morocco and its King. “A country whose diplomacy works with discretion and efficiency, under the rule of a King who watches over each of his children”, he tells us. This happy outcome, he adds, also says a lot about the privileged relations, “that nothing can harm”, existing between Morocco and Saudi Arabia in general, and between Amir Al-Mouminine and the Servant of Places Saints in particular.
Thanks to mediation by Saudi Arabia, Brahim Saadoun, a Moroccan student in Ukraine who had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic for having fought in the Ukrainian army, was released yesterday, Wednesday. He was transferred to Saudi Arabia, as part of an exchange between Moscow and kyiv.
Ten prisoners of war from several countries, including Brahim Saadoun, part of a priority list, were thus transferred to Saudi Arabia.
According to a statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, this exchange was facilitated by the efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who continues to undertake humanitarian initiatives in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
Brahim Saadoun was sentenced to death on June 9, 2022, in Donetsk. “The Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic sentenced Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun to death, accused of having taken part in the fighting as mercenaries,” TASS, the official Russian news agency, reported.
Brahim Saadoun completed the first years of his schooling in Agadir, then in Casablanca. After obtaining his baccalaureate there in 2018, the student decided to continue his studies, initially in Russia, before continuing in Ukraine.