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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI grants royal pardon to 542 prisoners to celebrate Revolution

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The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, has granted royal pardon to 542 convicts in commemoration of the Morocco’s Revolution of the King and the People of 1956.

The announcement was made by Morocco’s Ministry of Justice on Friday in a press release, which stated that the list of beneficiaries of the royal pardon includes 433 detainees and 109 convicts with a provisional release.

“Of the 109 convicts on provisional release, the royal pardon canceled the sentences of 37 people, fine payment for 63 people, and both the fine payment and prison sentences for 5 individuals. Meanwhile, four convicts were exonerated from prison time but remain obligated to pay their fines,” the statement noted.

“Of the 433 detainees, 12 inmates received sentence cancellation and 419 prisoners benefitted from sentence reduction,” it added.

King Mohammed VI also granted clemency to two prisoners currently serving life sentences, meaning that they will now serve fixed sentences.

The Moroccan Revolution of the King and the People is a celebration of the national anti-colonial struggle to end the French Protectorate in Morocco which was commemorated on August 20, 1956.

The date also refers to the forced exile of King Mohammed V that lasted from August 20, 1953 to November 16, 1955.

The expulsion of the King triggered nationwide uprisings which called for the return of the late King and the immediate liberation of the country and represented the beginning of the end as Morocco officially gained its independence in 1956.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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