Saturday, August 20, 2011
287 Moroccan Prisoners Granted Amnesty
HM King Mohamed VI yesterday granted amnesty to 287 prisoners as part of activities marking the 58th anniversary of the 'Revolution of the King and the People', celebrated on the 20th of August in Morocco.
Seven prisoners will be released immediately, while others will benefit from reduction of their sentences or penalties.
The Revolution of the King and the People commemorates the offensive launched by the national movement after the deportation to Madagascar on 20 August, 1953, of Sultan Mohamed V (grandfather of king Mohamed VI), by the French colonial authorities.
The Moroccan King regularly grants amnesty to detainees on the occasion of national and religious celebrations.