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South Africa trial to decide fate of Western Sahara phosphate shipment

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Brahim Ghali, Polisario secretary general and president of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arabic Democratic Republic, speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian city of Tindouf, on February 3, 2017.
Brahim Ghali, Polisario secretary general and president of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arabic Democratic Republic, speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian city of Tindouf, on February 3, 2017. STRINGER / RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

A court in South Africa this week announced that there would have to be a trial to decide who actually owns a shipment of phosphate from Western Sahara that's been stopped and held in a South African port. Western Sahara's Polisario Front movement stopped the ship last month (May) with a legal complaint, saying the phosphate had been taken from land that Morocco occupies illegally.

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