Rabat – King Mohammed VI offered his royal pardon to 443 inmates. The pardoned inmates were sentenced to prison time by courts across Morocco.The Ministry of Justice announced the news on on August 20, the eve of Youth Day.The list of the beneficiaries includes 317 detainees. One detainee was granted early release, while 316 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. The royal pardon freed 126 inmates. The King excused 26 convicts from prison time. The pardon also released six convicts from prison time, however their fines were maintained.The pardon excused a further seven people sentenced to both prison time and fines, while 8 people had their fines annulled.The royal pardon comes after King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 262 people on the eve of the King and People’s Revolution Day on August 20. The royal pardon is customary in Morocco to mark national and religious holidays.
Noting that traffic accidents killed an estimated 1.26 million people worldwide in 2000, and “disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries,” the 191-member Assembly said a meeting next April would “increase awareness of the magnitude of the road traffic injury problem at a high level.”The resolution passed today said the meeting would launch a World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, currently being developed under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).The resolution also asked the UN specialist to develop recommendations for traffic safety and requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit a report in time for the 2005 General Assembly session.”Road traffic injuries are a preventable and treatable problem,” the Assembly said.