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article imageWrongly pardoned pedophile arrested by Spanish Police

By Anne Sewell     Aug 5, 2013 in Crime
Murcia - The Spanish pedophile who was recently "accidentally" pardoned by King Mohamed VI of Morocco has now been arrested in Murcia by Spanish police, according to Spain's Interior Ministry.
Digital Journal reported recently on the release of a Spanish pedophile by the King of Morocco, which was apparently a mistake.
Massive protests have been ongoing in Morocco, with supporting protests elsewhere in the world, against the release of a pedophile who was supposed to be serving a 30-year sentence for sexually abusing 11 children aged between three and 15.
Daniel Galván Viña was among 48 Spanish prisoners pardoned by the Moroccan King and freed last week from jail, in response to a request from Spanish King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco in mid-July.
On Sunday, due to the angry protests in the north African country, King Mohamed VI of Morocco revoked the pardon granted to the man who had been sentenced in September 2011 to 30 years in prison in Morocco.
Earlier on Monday, Spain was in talks with Morocco over the fate of the pedophile after his pardon was revoked.
A Spanish foreign ministry spokeswoman had told AFP, "After the last statement by the king of Morocco which revoked the pardon, the Spanish and Moroccan ministries of justice are in contact to decide what to do, how to proceed now."
The protests continued over the weekend with baton-wielding police dispersing several thousand people who tried to protest in front of the parliament in Rabat on Friday night. There were reportedly sit-ins planned in Casablanca for Tuesday this week and Rabat on Wednesday.
The Spanish media is now reporting that Galván has been arrested by Spanish police in Murcia.
Background to the crime:
Galván apparently worked at the University of Murcia between 1996 and 2002, including working as an Arabic language teacher, according to the university's president, Jose Antonio Cobacho.
"He carried out his duties correctly. He was a fellow during the first two years and then he had a work contract for four years," Cobacho said.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that Galván, who is apparently of Iraqi origin, had moved to Kenitra in Morocco in 2005. He was convicted by the Moroccan court of having "taken advantage of his neighbors' financial difficulties" to sexually abuse the minors, according to the newspaper.
Results of investigations in Morocco in relation to the mistaken pardon:
King Mohamed Vi of Morocco has since dismissed the director of prisons on Monday after results of an inquiry put the blame on his department for the mistaken release of the pedophile.
"The inquiry concluded that the said administration inadvertently provided erroneous information about the criminal record of the prisoner in question when requested by the royal court," a palace statement said.
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