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Moroccan Anger over King Mohammed VI’s Pardon of Spanish Pedophile Daniel Fino Galvan

Moroccan King Mohammed VI (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)

Moroccan King Mohammed VI (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)

The decision by Morocco’s king to pardon a Spanish pedophile who raped 11 children has outraged many in the north African kingdom.

Reuters reports King Mohammed VI, fulfilling a request by Spain’s King Juan Carlos, has pardoned Daniel Fino Galvan. Galvan is one of 48 Spaniards pardoned by Morocco’s constitutional monarch on Tuesday, Throne Day, on which pardons are often granted.

But the decision to free Galvan, who has served only about 18 months of a 30-year prison sentence, has angered many Moroccans. The particularly heinous nature of the Spaniard’s crimes– he raped 11 Moroccan children ages 4-15 and filmed the abuse– and the short amount of time the perpetrator has spent behind bars have been cited by many locals, some of whom are planning to participate in a Friday protest in the capital city of Rabat.

The demonstration is being organized by the February 20 movement, an anti-government group consisting mostly of students which was at the forefront of Morocco’s Arab Spring protests of 2011-2012.

“The king’s pardon is a second rape for the victims,” tweeted a Moroccan woman identified as Meryem El.

Galvan’s attorney told Reuters that his client had been released from prison on Wednesday and was planning on returning to Spain on Thursday. Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid said Galvan was deported on Thursday.

“That person is banned in Morocco’s territory, he cannot return,” Ramid told Reuters.

Many Moroccans bristled at the way their king agreed to the Spanish monarch’s pardon request. Spain and France were colonial powers which established protectorates in Morocco in the 20th century; Spain still maintains colonies on the Moroccan Mediterranean coast in Ceuta and Melilla.

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  1. ImaneAugust 1, 2013 at 11:50 pmReply

    This is a big shame.

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