Morocco's King Mohammed VI has once again followed the custom of granting royal pardons on the occasion of the Eid Al Fitr holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. He has granted a royal pardon to a total of 562 people.
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 had 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 and six convicts had both sentences and fines dropped.
The monarch also pardoned 191 female inmates, including 36 for humanitarian reasons. It was impressive that this was not simply a matter of signing a document placed in front of him by officials. The monarch had actually visited the prisoners at Ain Sbaa prison in Casablanca on August the 10th.
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.