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Spain will not extradite paedophile Daniel Galvan to Morocco

  • 18 November 2013
  • From the section Europe
Spaniard Daniel Galvan (C) leaves the Courthouse of Torrevieja escorted by Guardia Civil policemen (31 August 2013)
Image caption Daniel Galvin was freed by royal pardon to mark the Spanish king's visit to Morocco

A Spanish court has ruled against the extradition to Morocco of a convicted paedophile who was mistakenly pardoned by the Moroccan king.

Spain's National Court said treaties did not allow for the extradition of a Spanish national, and he would serve the rest of his 30-year term in Spain.

Daniel Galvan Vina was convicted of raping 11 children in Morocco in 2011.

His pardon by King Mohammed VI in July provoked a public outcry, and the pardon was revoked.

Galvan travelled to Spain following his pardon, where he was re-arrested.

Galvan, who was born in Iraq, was among 48 Spaniards freed by royal pardon to mark the visit of Spain's king to Morocco.

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