Moroccan police break up protest against royal pardon of Spanish pedophile

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1 of 3. A riot policeman charges at protesters during a demonstration against a royal pardon for a Spanish paedophile, in Rabat late August 2, 2013.

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Rabat (Reuters) - Riot police broke up a protest by hundreds of Moroccan demonstrators late on Friday against a royal pardon for a Spanish pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping and filming children as young as 4.

In running clashes with the demonstrators, baton-wielding police prevented them from gathering in front of the Moroccan parliament in the centre of the capital Rabat, injuring several people including journalists.

The convicted pedophile is among 48 jailed Spaniards who were pardoned by King Mohamed VI on Tuesday at the request of Spain's King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month.

"We are here to know who is responsible for that pardon. It is a shame, they are selling our children," Najia Adib, president of Don't Touch My Children association, told Reuters moments after she and her teenage daughter had been attacked by riot police.

The demonstration followed an online campaign by outraged activists. Protests were also reported in several other cities in the North African country.

Protesters demanded that the royal pardon be revoked and the Spaniard be brought back to jail. The government said the man had been expelled to Spain.

Hamid Krayri, a lawyer for families of the victims, named the pedophile as Daniel Vino Galvan and said he had been convicted 18 months ago by criminal courts in Kenitra, near Rabat, of raping and filming children aged between 4 and 15.

"He is a retired Spaniard who owns two flats here in Kenitra," Krayri, who is a member of Morocco's Human Rights Association, told Reuters. He said he had filed a complaint against Galvan three years ago when activists showed him discs containing footage of the Spaniard and his victims.

The royal palace made no immediate comment, but the Justice Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the pardon had been issued based on Morocco's national interests under the friendly relations between the two countries.

"That person is banned in Morocco's territory, he cannot return," Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid told Reuters on Thursday.

The king, like some other Middle Eastern rulers, often pardons prisoners on special occasions, such as Throne Day on July 30, but the decision to release the Spaniards at the request of the monarch of a former colonial power has riled many Moroccans.

"It is a big mistake. We want the annulment of the king's decision and apologies for the victim families and the Moroccan people," Abdelali Hamieddine, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), the senior partner in Morocco's coalition government, said during the protest.

He said the government is not to blame because the pardon came from the royal palace.

"This is proof that our justice is a toy," said Hamza Mahfoud, one of the protest organizers.

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi)

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Reuters1945 wrote:
“The convicted pedophile is among 48 jailed Spaniards who were pardoned by King Mohamed VI on Tuesday at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month.”

When you read such a news story one can hardly believe his eyes that such a travesty of Justice could take place.

Does the King of Spain actually believe in pedophiles not being punished for such obscene and horrific crimes.

What excuse can the King of an allegedly modern-day nation and member of the EU possibly give for requesting that a sadistic pedophile be punished and instead pardoned after psychologically scarring his child victims for life.

Is it because the victims were not the King’s own children.

The entire world and every Member Nation of the EU should go on record as to what they think of Spain’s King Juan Carlos requesting that a Spanish pedophile be pardoned.

Meanwhile the King of Saudi Arabia pretends he can do nothing about the recent case of a man in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to prison and 600 lashes for expressing his opinions and defending his religious beliefs.

What a sick and depraved world we live in where so-called “Kings” can have the power to act in such a depraved fashion.

One can hardly wish to imagine how the parents of the raped children must feel to know that the Spanish perpetrator is now on his way back to Spain to brag about his demonic “exploits” to other pedophiles and then to continue to visit his depraved sexual behavior on children in Spain.

How is it that not a single newspaper or journalist in the entire world has requested a response from the Spanish government as to why King Juan Carlos of Spain requested that the convicted rapist be pardoned.

It is still not too late for some person of integrity in the world wide media to follow up on this story.

The families of the raped children cry out for Justice but instead are met with a deafening silence even as they are beaten by the riot police of Morocco where the rapes took place, for the “crime” of demanding Justice for their raped children.

The Spanish Community world wide should hold demonstrations throughout the world exhibiting their shock and displeasure that King Juan Carlos of Spain has brought major embarrassment on the good citizens of Spain and laid a stain on the Honor of that nation.

Aug 03, 2013 2:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:
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“The convicted pedophile is among 48 jailed Spaniards who were pardoned by King Mohamed VI on Tuesday at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month.”

When you read such a news story one can hardly believe his eyes that such a travesty of Justice could take place.

Does the King of Spain actually believe in pedophiles NOT being punished for such obscene and horrific crimes.

What excuse can the King of an allegedly modern-day nation and member of the EU possibly give for requesting that a sadistic pedophile NOT be punished and instead pardoned after psychologically scarring his child victims for life.

Is it because the victims were not the King’s own children.

The entire world and every Member Nation of the EU should go on record as to what they think of Spain’s King Juan Carlos requesting that a Spanish pedophile, Daniel Vino Galvan, be pardoned.

Meanwhile the King of Saudi Arabia pretends he can do nothing about the recent case of a man in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to prison and 600 lashes for expressing his opinions and defending his religious beliefs.

What a sick and depraved world we live in where so-called “Kings” can have the power to act in such a depraved fashion.

One can hardly wish to imagine how the parents of the raped children must feel to know that the Spanish perpetrator is now on his way back to Spain to brag about his demonic “exploits” to other pedophiles and then to continue to visit his depraved sexual behavior on children in Spain.

How is it that not a single newspaper or journalist in the entire world has requested a response from the Spanish government as to why King Juan Carlos of Spain requested that the convicted rapist be pardoned.

It is still not too late for some person of integrity in the world wide media to follow up on this story.

The families of the raped children cry out for Justice but instead are met with a deafening silence even as they are beaten by the riot police of Morocco where the rapes took place, for the “crime” of demanding Justice for their raped children.

The Spanish Community world wide should hold demonstrations throughout the world exhibiting their shock and displeasure that King Juan Carlos of Spain has brought major embarrassment on the good citizens of Spain and laid a stain on the Honor of that nation.

Aug 03, 2013 3:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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