According to an announcement from the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms, King Mohammed VI will grant a royal pardon to 277 individuals convicted by Moroccan courts.
This royal pardon will be granted on the occasion of Aid al-Fitr, a religious celebration which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The practice of criminal forgiveness and cancellation or diminishment of the relevant punishment became very controversial in Morocco. Last year, the release of a serial child-rapist on the occasion of Throne Day celebration provoked a large-sacle popular anger which eventually resulted in the revocation of this decision.
The Moroccan Times.