Morocco city wants to know why child rapist went freeAgence France-Presse . Kenitra, Morocco
The royal pardon may have been revoked but residents of the Moroccan city of Kenitra still want to know why a man convicted of raping their children was ever released.
Spanish paedophile Daniel Galvan Vina, who lived in their midst for years, was found guilty of raping 11 children aged between four and 15, and jailed for 30 years in September 2011.
But on Tuesday of last week, he was among 48 Spanish prisoners pardoned by King Mohamed VI in response to a request from King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month.
Galvan was released and deported back to his homeland, so that by the time the pardon was revoked late on Sunday, he was beyond the reaches of the Moroccan authorities.
Spain’s ambassador to Morocco, Alberto Navarro, told the El Pais newspaper that Rabat can now ask that Galvan serve out the rest of his sentence in a Spanish jail.
But for residents of this city of more than 350,000 people, 50km north of the Moroccan capital, that prospect is scant consolation.
A planned demonstration in the city centre late on Sunday went ahead despite the announcement that the pardon had been revoked.
A primary schoolteacher Fatima Imelouane joined the demonstrators with her daughter.
‘We still don’t understand what is behind this affair,’ she said.
‘Why this pardon? Why the revocation? Who is responsible and what are the government and the justice minister (Mustapha Ramid) doing?’ she asked. ‘There is so much ambiguity in all of this.’
Student Oumaima Haitouf, 22, said she had rushed to join the demonstration as soon as she read about it on Facebook.
‘Like many people in Kenitra, I feel humiliated,’ she said. ‘We want to know how all this happened.’
The palace said the king had been unaware of the ‘abject’ nature of Galvan’s crimes when he granted the pardon and had ordered a probe into his ‘regrettable release’.
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