Moroccan King pardons journalist Hajar Raissouni

| October 18, 2019
Moroccan female journalist Hajar Raissouni has been pardoned by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. Raissouni, 28, left a prison on Wednesday together with her fiancé. Raissouni, her fiancé and a doctor were found guilty of various charges including “illegal abortion” and were sentenced to prison.
Her fiancé and the doctor have also been pardoned. A statement by the Ministry of Justice stated that “this royal pardon comes within a framework of royal compassion and clemency, amid concern by his majesty the King to preserve the future of the couple who intended to start a family in line with religious precepts and the law, despite the error they committed which led to the legal proceedings.”
Following her release, Raissouni will now continue to work as a journalist. One Brussels-based EU diplomat said, “This should be seen as a positive and progressive step.
The King’s pardon is an important indication for Mohammed VI’s commitment to justice and freedom of speech in Morocco.” Morocco is deemed to be one of the most important and progressive allies of the European Union in the MENA region.
The EU has been supporting various initiatives and projects of Morocco to advance the rule of law, fundamental rights and freedoms and the human rights in the country.

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