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Morocco King Mohammed VI regrets pardoning Spanish pedophile

Press TV

The king of Morocco has expressed regret for a pardon granted to a Spanish pedophile, which sparked violent clashes in the capital, Rabat.

King Mohammed VI said on Saturday that he did not know the gravity of the offenses committed by Daniel Galvan Fina.

“The king has ordered a thorough investigation to find out the responsibilities and failures that led to the regrettable release… and to impose the necessary punishments,” the Moroccan palace said in a statement carried by state news agency MAP.

“The king had not been informed at any time of the nature of the crimes perpetrated by that person,” the statement said, adding the king would never have agreed to the release of Fina if he had known of the “atrocity of the monstrous crimes of which he was found guilty.”

Thousands of protesters have expressed outrage at the royal pardon.

Dozens of protesters were injured on Saturday in clashes with police in front of the parliament building in Rabat.

The protesters say the pardon was an international shame and an alarming scandal for the judiciary of Morocco.

Similar protests were also held in the cities of Tangiers and Tetouan.

The Spanish man, who was jailed in 2011 for raping eleven children aged between four and fifteen, was sentenced to thirty years in jail for the crime. The pedophile is among dozens of imprisoned Spaniards who have been pardoned by the Moroccan king at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco in July.

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