19 August 2012

Morocco: HM the King Grants Pardon to 562 People

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI has granted royal pardon to a total of 562 people, including 371 on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, which follows the fasting holy month of Ramada, the Ministry of Justice and Liberties has announced.

The pardoned convicts on the occasion of Eid al Fitr include 57 inmates whose sentenced were dropped or reduced for humanitarian reasons. They include also 183 people who got their prison sentences commuted, and 64 people who had their sentences, or the remaining period, dropped.

Fifteen convicts had their prison sentences dropped and fine maintained, and 103 had their fines scrapped, the ministry said, adding that six convicts had both sentences dropped.

The monarch also pardoned 191 female inmates, including 36 for humanitarian reasons, following a visit he carried out on August 10 to the local jail of Ain Sbaa, Casablanca, the ministry said in a release.

One hundred convicts had the remaining of their jail sentences dropped and 91 had their sentences commuted, including 30 for humanitarian reasons. The pardon also included reducing a life sentence to 30 years in jail for one inmate, scrapping the remaining jail period for two inmates and reducing the jail sentences of two more.

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