Rabat, Jan. 10 -- Polisario leading member Ahmed El Khalil, who was "kidnapped" by Algerian intelligence agents over 9 years ago, died on Wednesday, according to former Polisario officer Mustapha Salma.

"Paradoxically, the deceased was arrested after his appointment in charge of the human rights file under the Polisario Front," Salma wrote on his Facebook.

Polsiario tasked El Khalil with human rights in the Tindouf camps in Algeria in 2009.

Salma, an anti-Polisario activist, said that he knew El Khalil well in the early 1990s when Salma was a general manager of the judicial police in the Tindouf camps.

Salma described receiving instructions from the Polisario presidency to arrest El Khalil. "I knew that the detainee had been jailed an...