CAIRO: The Prisons Authority department at the Ministry of Interior announced Sunday that 68 prisoners, who qualified under a presidential decree for release, received a pardon of the rest of their jail sentences, Youm7 reported Sunday.
The authority established committees to review the files of the prisoners across the country to determine who is entitled to a pardon; those eligible had to have served at least half of their prison terms (which must be at least six months,) by Jan. 25, 2015.
The committees also decided to release 72 inmates who met the conditions of parole according to the prison instructions and regulations. Three more prisoners will be released for 48 hours to spend some time with their families.
He indicated in a televised address he would be releasing some detainees soon, saying that he did not deny “there are innocent youth in prisons.”
Despite Sisi saying that the to-be-released detainees would be among those who did not commit violent acts or attack public or police installations, the number, names or charges of those prisoners were not officially declared.
However, Hafez Abu Saeda, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, told The Cairo Post Wednesday that that first batch of detainees includes 140 who are mostly accused of violating the 2013 Protest Law.
So far, little is yet known about the decree and its application.
The prosecution has also been reviewing the legal status of detainees who are held on remand pending investigations. On Jan. 22, the prosecution released 100 students who were arrested on charges of committing violence and illegal assembly.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi and Ibrahim Ahmed