Launched in 2017 by the General Delegation of the Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration (DGAPR) and other institutions, the Moussalaha (Reconciliation) programme aims to assist prisoners convicted of terrorism who wish to repent. Since its launch, 207 prisoners, including eight women, benefited from the programme.
Moulay Idriss Agoulmam, head of the DGAPR, said that “the idea is the result of a new approach, adopted in 2015, which consists in, among other things, monitoring the evolution of these convicts and helping those who wish to repent.”
Sentenced to death in 2003 for terrorism, Mohamed Damir took part in the first edition of the programme, which enabled him to be released in 2017. Since then, he has been campaigning to convince the authorities to “reach out” to prisoners like him. In a statement to AFP, he explained that “many radicalised people feel the need to get rid of their extremist ideas once they are alone with themselves.” This programme will give them the opportunity.
Since 2002, Morocco has dismantled more than 2,000 jihadist cells and arrested more than 3,500 people accused of links with radical Islamist groups.