Rabat – Investigative news outlet, Le Desk has reported that King Mohammed VI is expected to grant a royal pardon to detainees of the Hirak during his Throne Day speech on Saturday at 21:00 p.m.
A source told the French-speaking news outlet that the King will grant a pardon to imprisoned Rif protesters as well as addressing the issue of security in the country.
King Mohammed VI’s initiative of releasing the Rif Detainees should seen in the context of “moderation and de-escalation of events,” alongside the “goal of common interest,” continued the source.
This year’s King’s speech is also expected to include a set to of institutional measures to advance regionalization of Morocco, concluded the same source.
The King offers royal pardons to prisoners on public holidays each year, reducing convictions and sometimes removing them completely. On Throne Day in 2016, 1,272 former prisoners were pardoned.
Spanish media on Saturday reported that 60 Al Hoceima detainees had applied for a royal pardon, and the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH) was “acting as a mediator between the prisoners and royal palace.”
There have been calls for the royal pardon of Moroccan mother-of-three Hind El Achchabi, following a video released this week featuring her nine-year old son.She was sentenced to three years in prison after adultery charges were filed by her husband, Kuwaiti ambassador to Austria, Sadiq Marafi.
July 30 is Throne Day, the anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s ascension to the throne. This Sunday marks 18 years of King Mohammed VI’s rule.