MOROCCAN KING PARDONS 415 CONVICTS ON EVE OF REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY
August 19, 2017:
The Morocco's King Mohammed VI has granted pardon to 415 convicts found guilty of terrorism, the Ministry of Justice said. (Source: Xinhua, 20/08/2017)
Another convict got his sentence reduced from death penalty to a 30-year prison term, the ministry said in a statement.
The convicts "officially expressed their attachment to the nation's immutable values and national institutions, voiced their rejection of extremism and terrorism, while showing good conduct in prison," the statement noted.
The announcement came a day before Morocco's 64th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
Among the freed convicts are several arrested over links to the terror attacks targeting the Moroccan city of Casablanca in May 2003, which left 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers, dead.