Morocco’s King Pardons 752 Convicts
Moroccan King Mohammed VI granted a royal pardon to 752 people, including inmates and convicts on provisional release, on the eve of Eid al-Adha.
A press release from the Ministry of Justice announced that the royal pardon included 585 inmates in Moroccan detention centers, as well as 208 detainees who were pardoned of their remaining prison terms, 374 had their terms reduced, and three had their sentences dropped from life imprisonment to fixed sentences.
The remaining 167 beneficiaries of the royal pardon are on provisional release. The pardon annulled the prison terms of 45 convicts and waived the fines of 100, while seven people had their terms annulled but still face fines and 15 have been pardoned of both their fines and prison sentences.
King Mohammed VI performed Eid al-Adha prayers at the Royal Palace in Mdiq, northern Morocco, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El-Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid.
The King performed the prayer without a sermon as part of the measures adopted to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
After the prayer, the King performed the ritual of sacrifice, following the tradition of Prophet Mohammed.
Prior to prayers, the King sent messages of congratulations to the heads of Muslim states, and received messages from a number of allies and partners, including US Ambassador David Fischer, on the occasion of the Eid.
The Moroccan Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs had recently banned Eid prayers in prayer halls and mosques, but said that they can be done at homes without the sermon.
Earlier, the Ministry allowed mosques to open for the general public, except for Friday prayers as a preventive and precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.