Prosecution releases additional 120 detainees pending investigation
An inmates was released per a presidential pardon - Youm7 archive

CAIRO: The Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered Monday the release of 120 detainees, including students and elderly, pending investigations into their cases, in consideration of educational needs and health status, reported Youm7.

The prosecution previously announced it is reviewing the legal status of the detainees held on remand over charges of violence.

In a Monday release, quoted by Youm7, the prosecution said it has evidences against all remand prisoners that they committed criminal offenses.

The release added that the prosecution continues to review dozens of complaints submitted by families of the detainees against the detention of their relatives. The law allows the detainees to petition against their remand, according to the release.

On Jan. 22, the prosecution released 100 students who were arrested on charges of committing violence and illegal assembly.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree in January to pardon prisoners who had served at least half of their prison terms (which must be at least six months,) by Jan. 25, 2015.

He indicated in a televised address that a number of prisoners, who did not commit violent acts against the state, are expected to be released soon. The names of the to-be-released prisoners and their charges are not yet available.

On Sunday 68 prisoners who qualified under the decree received a pardon for the rest of their jail sentences. Another 72 inmates were released after meeting conditions of parole according to prison regulations.

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