(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – On Eid al-Fitr, celebrated today in Morocco, King Mohammed VI has pardoned 707 prisoners.
Royal pardons have become customary on religious and major national celebrations.
The royal pardon was announced through a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice on June 14. The majority of the pardons reduced prison terms, but will not set prisoners free immediately.
The beneficiaries of the King's Eid al-Fitr Pardon received three kinds of pardon:
– 401 prisoners had their prison terms reduced.
– 1 prisoner had his remaining prison term pardoned.
– 5 prisoners had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.
In contrast, 300 prisoners were pardoned and set free:
– 52 prisoners were pardoned from their remaining prison terms.
– 10 prisoners were pardoned from their remaining prison terms, but must still pay their fines.
– 8 prisoners were pardoned of both fines and their remaining prison terms.
– 230 prisoners had their fines annulled.
On Eid al-Fitr in 2017, King Mohammed VI offered his pardon to 562 prisoners.