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.


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