Moroccans Say No Royal pardon for Spanish Elite Paedophile Network
By Aziz El Yaakoubi
Moroccans outraged by a royal pardon for a Spanish paedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping 11 children in the North African kingdom are planning a protest in Rabat on Friday.
The King’s deal: The convicted paedophile is among 48 jailed Spaniards who were pardoned by King Mohamed VI, above right, on Tuesday 30 July at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, left, who visited Morocco last month, June 2013.
The decision prompted a frenzy of angry postings on social media in Morocco. Activists from the February 20 movement, which organised anti-government demonstrations during the Arab unrest of 2011, called for Friday’s rally in the Moroccan capital.
“The king’s pardon is a second rape for the victims,” a woman identifying herself as Meryem El said on Twitter.
Hamid Krayri, a lawyer for families of the victims, named the paedophile as Daniel Fino 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 had shown him video discs containing footage of the Spaniard and his victims.
Galvan’s lawyer, Mohamed Benjeddo, said his client had been freed on Wednesday and planned to leave for Spain the next day. The Spanish embassy declined to confirm Galvan’s release.
The palace and the government made no immediate comment.
The king, like 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 here.
Ask the victims if the price has been paid!