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Thousands pardoned after princess' birth

March 2, 2007 at 10:56 PM   |   Comments

RABAT, Morocco, March 2 (UPI) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has pardoned almost 9,000 prisoners and commuted more than 24,000 sentences to mark the birth of a daughter.

Those pardoned include 1,365 prisoners under age 20; 278 foreigners; 53 women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or accompanied by their children; 63 who are sick or disabled; and 167 elderly inmates, the Justice Ministry said. Eleven death sentences were commuted, although Morocco has not carried out an execution since 1994.

The jail delivery is the largest since 2005, when 10,000 prisoners were pardoned in honor of the 50th anniversary of Moroccan independence, Maghreb Arab Presse reported. Earlier that year, more than 7,000 were pardoned to mark the circumcision of Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan.

Princess Lalla Khadija, the king's second child and first daughter, was born Wednesday.

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