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Royal pardon for Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion

Morocco s King Mohammed VI on Wednesday issued a royal pardon for journalist Hajar Raissouni, overturning a prison sentence for an illegal abortion and sexual relations outside marriage, the justice ministry said. The 28-year-old will walk free in the coming hours , while sentences handed down to her Sudanese fiance, gynaecologist, anaesthetist and a medical assistant were also overturned, an official told AFP. The case, which saw Rassiouni and the others sentenced on September 30, had provoked a storm of protest from rights groups. The ministry statement said the pardon came as the monarch wanted to help preserve the future of the couple, who wanted to establish a family in line with our religious and legal precepts, despite the error they made . The journalist works for Arabic-language newspaper Akhbar Al-Yaoum, which has a history of run-ins with the authorities. Raissouni was arrested on August 31 as she left a clinic in Rabat. In court, she denied having had an abortion, ...


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