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Freedom for 96 as Moroccan king pardons prisoners

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Freedom for 96 as Moroccan king pardons prisoners

Freedom for 96 as Moroccan king pardons prisoners
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In Morocco 96 prisoners have tasted freedom sooner than they thought after a request for their release by the National Council of Human Rights was accepted.

King Mohammed VI responded by pardoning the 96. Also, while five inmates had their death sentences quashed, a further 89 had their sentences reduced.

Rights groups claim suspects held under Morocco’s anti-terrorism laws are routinely subjected to human rights violations.

Mohammed VI took the decision as the country is going through small-scale but persistent protests by groups demanding greater democracy.

Recent events in the Arab world are believed to have played a part in the decision to release the inmates.

Morocco is a constitutional monarchy but the king has wide ranging executive powers, including the right to dissolve parliament at will.