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Morocco's King defends controversial paedophile pardon

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Morocco's King defends controversial paedophile pardon


Morocco’s King has defended his decision to pardon a convicted Spanish paedophile, saying that he did not know the gravity of the offences committed.

Mohamed VI also promised an investigation, in the wake of violent protests.

The paedophile was convicted 18 months ago of raping children and given a 30 year sentence.

He, along with dozens of other jailed Spaniards, was pardoned at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos.

On Friday, Moroccan police broke up a protest in the capital Rabat.

The country’s Justice Ministry had said the pardons were issued based on national interests and friendly relations with Spain.

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