The King also ordered intensified measures to boost protection for detainees across Morocco as part of the preventive measures against COVID-19.
The King gave his orders as part of Morocco’s measures to limit the spread of the pandemic, which has killed dozens in the country and affected 960 to date.
A statement from the Ministry of Justice said that the royal pardon concerns a specific category of prisoners selected on basis of strictly objective criteria.
The criteria will take into account prisoners’ age, state of health, and the length of their detention.
The mechanism will also take into account good conduct and discipline of prisoners throughout their detention.
The measure is in line with the exceptional circumstances associated with the Moroccan state of emergency and precautions imposed to limit the spread of the pandemic.
Morocco entered a state of emergency on March 20, effective until April 20.
“The beneficiaries of the royal pardon will be subject to surveillance, medical tests, as well as the necessary quarantine, at their home, to ensure their safety,” the ministry said.
The release of the detainees will take place gradually.
In addition to the royal pardon, the King ordered necessary measures to boost the protection of detainees within prison establishments, particularly against the spread of this epidemic, the statement added.
Traditionally, the royal pardon is a traditional custom to mark national and religious holidays. The King, however, might take exceptional initiatives depending on the circumstances of the case, similar to the case of journalist Hajar Raissouni.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Morocco on March 2, the country has been taking strict measures to respond to the spread of the virus under King Mohammed VI orders.
The King has received applause for several initiatives, including the creation of the Special Fund for the Management and Response to COVID-19 on March 16.