Fez - The abrupt and unjustified release of Daniel Galvin, the Spanish national of Iraqi origins who callously stripped 11 Moroccan children of their innocence, has unquestionably stirred unprecedented feelings of outrage and disheartenment among Moroccans and astounded international observers.
Fez – The abrupt and unjustified release of Daniel Galvin, the Spanish national of Iraqi origins who callously stripped 11 Moroccan children of their innocence, has unquestionably stirred unprecedented feelings of outrage and disheartenment among Moroccans and astounded international observers.
The controversial royal amnesty that was granted to Galvan led millions of Moroccans and international voices to question the value of children’s innocence in the kingdom.
Furthermore, the recently unveiled facet of Galvan’s identity as a former Spanish spy in Iraq, who contributed to the downfall of former President Sadam Hessein’s regime, has accentuated Moroccans’ shock. The people are now even more determined to dig out the one and only truth about the controversial amnesty that set a criminal by all standards free in a wink of an eye.
In this context, MWN has been relentlessly scrutinizing the reasons behind the controversial amnesty granted to Daniel Galvin. Whether Spanish authorities actually asked for his liberation, and whether the list of Spanish convicts who were granted royal amnesty was manipulated in any way are all questions that MWN has been probing since Galvin’s release, especially that the latter’s name suspiciously figured at the very bottom of the list.
To find answers to these questions that are troubling all Moroccans today, MWN contacted Jose Maria Gil, Garre, a Spanish expert on security and terrorism who delightfully accorded us an exclusive interview.
In the beginning of the interview, the expert expressed his utter astonishment at the controversial amnesty that was granted to the Spanish criminal, Daniel Galvan.
He also contended that it is still difficult to determine the reasons behind the inclusion of Galvan’s name in the list of those accorded royal amnesty. Mr. Gil also recommended Moroccans to quest for the truth via peaceful and well-thought means, and not to divert the real cause of protests to attacks against the King in person. The expert also confirmed that Daniel Galvin is “unquestionably a former spy who worked undercover in favor of the Spanish intelligence as well as for other countries.”
With all these facts about Daniel Galvan taken into consideration, Mr. Gil disregarded the idea that Morocco granted him royal amnesty in total disregard of his criminal records, his controversial profession and the feelings and dignity of the Moroccan people. The expert also drew a revealing link between the previous visit of the Spanish king to Morocco and the inclusion of Galvin’s name on the list of the beneficiaries from royal amnesty. Mr. Gil noted that numerous foreign parties, especially France, “were unpleased by the success of this historical visit.”
As a corollary, they ensured the release of Daniel Galvan to stir instability in the kingdom and attempt to affect the exceptional relation between King Mohammed VI and his people. Moreover, the Spanish expert stated, “In addition to the fact that some French entities are behind this controversy in Morocco, I think that someone in the royal cabinet ‘played dirty’ (No esta jugando limpio).”
“I believe neither the Moroccan nor Spanish royal cabinets were notified about the inclusion of Daniel Galvan in the list of those benefiting from royal amnesty,” Mr. Gil added, supporting his statement by the fact that Glavan’s name was the last on the list.
Commenting on the claim that Galvan was released in the framework of strategic interests between Spain and Morocco, the Spanish expert stated, “If both Morocco and Spain were to release any prisoners for the sake of strategic interests between them, this would have logically taken place in total secrecy. I don’t think Moroccans would have realized if this had taken place secretly. Hence, making the release of someone as dangerous as Daniel a public announcement sounds just absurd in this context. Something must have been sordidly sewed in the shadow.”
It is noteworthy that Spanish authorities denied their involvement in the selection of convicts who benefited from royal amnesty and affirmed that such task pertain solely to Moroccan services in charge of royal amnesty.
Hence, while the Minister of Justice and Freedoms denied the intervention of his ministry in the selection of convicts who benefited from royal amnesty, the unanswered question awaiting an urgent response is “Who is responsible for the inclusion of the criminal Daniel Galvin in the list of prisoners who enjoyed royal amnesty?”
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