Morocco king sacks prisons chief over paedophile pardon

5th August 2013, Comments 0 comments

King Mohamed VI of Morocco dismissed the director of prisons on Monday after an inquiry blamed his department for the release under royal pardon of a Spanish child rapist.

"The inquiry concluded that the said administration inadvertently provided erroneous information about the criminal record of the prisoner in question when requested by the royal court," a palace statement said.

The king late on Sunday revoked the pardon granted last week to Spanish paedophile Daniel Galvan Vina, who had been jailed for 30 years in 2011 for raping 11 children aged between four and 15.

He had already ordered an investigation into the "regrettable release" of Galvan, who was detained in Spain on Monday.

"The inquiry focused on determining the culpabilities and failings that led to this release," Monday's statement said.

The palace said the king had been unaware of the "abject" nature of Galvan's crimes when he granted the pardon, which sparked angry demonstrations across Morocco.

Galvan was among 48 Spanish prisoners pardoned by the king on Tuesday last week in response to a request from King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month.

© 2013 AFP

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