Morocco's King Mohammed VI pardons 29 jailed for 'terrorism' offences ahead of Eid al-Fitr
The 29 prisoners were pardoned "after having officially expressed their attachment to the sacredness of the nation and to national institutions, revised their ideological orientations and rejected extremism and terrorism", said a justice ministry statement issued late Sunday.
Of those pardoned, 23 will be freed while the remaining six will have their sentences reduced.
In 2017, the North African nation launched a reintegration programme called "Moussalaha", or "Reconciliation", in its prisons, targeting inmates convicted of "terrorism" who were willing to question their beliefs.
Since 2022, the security services have dismantled more than 2,000 extremist cells and made over 3,500 arrests linked to terrorism, according to official figures.
The country has largely been spared jihadist attacks since 2003, when five suicide attacks killed 33 people and wounded scores more in the economic capital Casablanca.
But in 2018, two Scandinavian tourists were murdered by militants linked to the Islamic State group during a hiking trip in the High Atlas mountains.