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Morocco king pardons 1,243 people on Throne Day

King Mohammed VI of Morocco attends the signing of bilateral agreements at the Agdal Royal Palace on February 13, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. [Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images]
King Mohammed VI of Morocco attends the signing of bilateral agreements at the Agdal Royal Palace on February 13, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. [Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images]

Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Thursday issued a royal pardon for 1,243 convicts ahead of Throne Day, which falls on July 30th.

A press release from the Ministry of Justice announced that the list of beneficiaries from the royal pardon includes convicts in detention and on provisional release.

"On the occasion of the glorious Throne Day for this year 2021, His Majesty the King has issued a supreme order to pardon 1,243 people, including convicts in detention and on provisional release," the Moroccan Ministry of Justice announced.

The list includes 19 prisoners who received a pardon for the remainder of their term and an additional 1,086 prisoners will have their sentences reduced.

Throne Day marks the king's accession to the throne and his official pledge of allegiance.

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