By Youssef Sourgo
By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, August 3, 2013
Apparently, the controversial royal amnesty that was granted to the notorious Daniel Galvan will remain a hot topic for a considerable time. Now, the countless questions this affair has kindled and left unanswered have left public opinion on a touch-and-go ground. Galvan’s abrupt and surprising release has clearly summoned royal amnesty, among other things, to some sort of “a day of judgment.”
The heated question is now whether or not to stop any interventions in judicial decisions. “But it is the monarch who grants amnesty! Why release this monster?” echoed many voices on social networks.
The first sprinkles of outrage in the kingdom seem to denounce, first and foremost, the King’s decision to include Galvan among the list of 48 Spanish convicts granted royal pardon. Yet, the claim that the King deliberately accorded freedom to Galvan is under question. Granting royal amnesty to Galvan, the innocence devourer, runs counter to the flow of King Mohammed VI’s continuous and distinguished defense of children’s rights. Isn’t that too confounding to be true? Room for possibilities and inconsistencies always have to be left open.
The King surely grants amnesty after, at least, being briefed on the criminal records of the potential grantee—Chances are that in this case the person in charge of briefing did not do his job properly. The King grants amnesty to prisoners “according to…and based on,” and not “just like that.” How come Galvan is among 48 other released Spanish convicts whose crime records are relatively of less seriousness?s—Iit sounds like a typical human error or miscalculation.
Why would one release a tiger when a gazelle will do? Other Spanish convicts are unquestionably still detainedes in Moroccan prisons. It is of utter ridiculousness to pick a criminal like , Galvan and grant him amnesty when you can do so with someone whose crime records are less cruel.
That the King would embark on such a blind choice procedure to set a “child carnivore” free is again too unconceivable to be possible. However, unless it is proven not to be an error, whoever is actually responsible for allowing Galvan to see the light way too soon, must prepare some of the most miraculously persuasive reasons to confront the anger of 11 children’s families and the rage of an entire nation.
Groups of Moroccans are calling for the separation of the judicial system from any interventions. Whether families of Moroccan prisoners have a share in this demand is something unlikely. Who would dare ask for putting an end to royal amnesty whilst having a relative in prison? Surely not the mother who hasn’t heard a son’s voice filling the corners of her home for years.
Royal amnesty, one must remember, also covers those erroneously jailed for lack of evidence proving their innocence. They only await royal amnesty, their only shot. Denouncing the release of Galvan should agreeably take all peaceful forms. Rushing up to call for radical mutations here and there, without studying all possible repercussions, is like a chess move without prior prediction of the other player’s possible moves.
Galvan is now back home. This is the only unshakable fact now. Whether or not he has any new criminal plans, reflected on during the year he spent in Morocco, is now something beyond our possible grasp. One thing is sure; he will be as abhorred here in Morocco as in his home nation—who would, after all, dare walk by his home with a child in his hand. None would!
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