Pardoned paedophile arrested in Spain

MADRID — Spanish police have arrested a convicted paedophile who was pardoned by Morocco’s King Mohamed VI last week, a source at Spain’s Interior Ministry said yesterday.

Daniel Galvan Vina, who was serving a 30-year sentence in Morocco and was among 48 jailed Spaniards pardoned on the occasion of Morocco’s Throne Day in what Spain said was a mix-up, was arrested in the south-eastern city of Murcia.

A court source said Galvan was due to appear at one of Spain’s top courts, the Audencia Nacional, early today. The judge will then decide if Galvan will go to prison in Spain, according to the source.

Morocco’s Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that Galvan had been arrested in Murcia after the North African kingdom issued an international arrest warrant against him.

The pardon was revoked by King Mohamed VI on Sunday following a protest in front of parliament on Friday over the decision to release Galvan, who had raped and filmed at least 11 children aged between four and 15.

Spain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs said Spain had drawn up one list of prisoners to be pardoned and another of prisoners to be transferred to Spain. Morocco then pardoned all the people named on the two lists, according to Gonzalo De Benito.

“Mr Galvan Vina was in one of those lists, the transfer list. Then the pardon was for all 48 Spaniards who appeared on both lists,” de Benito told Cadena Ser radio.

King Mohamed VI, like other Middle Eastern rulers, often pardons prisoners on special occasions, such as Throne Day on July 30. (Reuters)

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