King Mohammed VI has granted a royal pardon to 672 convicts in the country Monday, following a gazette released by the Ministry of Justice.
The Ministry had announced on Saturday that the list of the royal pardon’s beneficiaries includes 508 convicts in detention and 155 on conditional release.
Among the lucky ones, 10 of the detainees had their sentences cancelled, 10 received a commutation of their life sentences, and 488 benefitted from sentence reductions.
However, 61 people have been granted a pardon on their prison sentence or its remainder, and 15 were exempted from imprisonment with a fine.
Also, 72 people benefited from the cancellation of their fine payments, and 7 were granted pardon on both their imprisonment and fine.
Of the hundreds pardoned, 9 were convicted of extremism and terrorism charges, with 5 of them receiving sentence cancellations and 4 benefitting from sentence reductions.
According to the Ministry’s statement, these detainees were granted the pardon after having “revised their ideological orientations and rejected extremism and terrorism,” adding that they expressed their attachment to the “constants and sacredness” of Morocco’s national institutions.
Three months ago, Mohammed VI awarded a royal pardon to 1,769 inmates in honour of Throne Day, the 23rd anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Similarly, in August, he awarded his royal pardon to 542 convicts on the occasion of Morocco’s Revolution of the King and the People.