Morocco to release 5,654 prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Morocco has a total of 919 cases and 59 deaths. (File/AFP)
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Updated 05 April 2020

Morocco to release 5,654 prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

  • The inmates were selected on the basis of their age, frail health, time spent in prison and good conduct
  • Morocco has confirmed as of Sunday morning 919 coronavirus cases, including 59 deaths

RABAT: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has pardoned 5,654 prisoners and ordered measures to protect inmates from the coronavirus outbreak, the justice ministry said on Sunday.
The inmates were selected on the basis of their age, frail health, time spent in prison and good conduct, the ministry said in a statement.
The north African country has confirmed as of Sunday 960 coronavirus cases, including 59 deaths.


Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility not damaged after ‘incident’

Updated 51 min 46 sec ago

Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility not damaged after ‘incident’

  • But there was no damage to Natanz nuclear reactor

DUBAI: An “incident” has occurred at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility but no damage was caused and the site is operating as usual, the national Atomic Energy Organization said on Thursday.

The Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant, covering 100,000 square meters and built eight meters underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by the UN nuclear watchdog.

“The incident took place in a facility in an open area near Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. There were no casualties or damages and the nuclear site is operating as usual,” the agency’s spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, he said. No further details were given.