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Spanish child rapist pardoned by Morocco faces fresh charges

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A Spanish police van carrying convicted child rapist Spaniard Daniel Galvan arrives at a courthouse in Madrid on August 6, 2013. Galvin jailed in Spain after he was controversially freed by the King of Morocco will appear before a judge in late August on historic abuse charges.AFP/File

A Spanish child rapist jailed in Spain after he was controversially freed by the King of Morocco will appear before a judge in late August on historic abuse charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Daniel Galvan, 63, will face the court in Torrevieja, eastern Spain, on August 29, on charges of sexually abusing a minor, a judicial source said.

The charges date back to 2004 when the child was six or seven years old and her parents, who brought the charges, have just a few months to bring Galvan to trial before a 10-year statute of limitations runs out.

The parents recognised Galvan on television after a scandal erupted when Moroccan King Mohamed VI pardoned him of the rape of 11 children aged between four and 15, crimes for which he was serving 30 years in prison. The king later revoked his pardon.

Galvan, who is originally from Iraq, was later re-arrested in Spain and was remanded in custody on August 7. He is awaiting the decision of Spanish authorities on the future of his case.