CAIRO: A total of 92 prisoners have been selected to be released per a January presidential decree pardoning those with final sentences, Youm7 reported Sunday.
According to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decree, released prisoners must have served half the term of their final sentences, and their offences must not have been violent crimes or attacking public or police properties.
Earlier in April, the Prison Authority announced it would release other 106 prisoners to be integrated into society. Last month, 68 inmates were released per the same decree. The prosecution also released 120 detainees pending investigation in March, and 100 others in January.
Some of the defendants released, whether by the prosecution or the Prisons Authority, were jailed for violating the 2013 Protest Law. Thousands have been jailed for violating the controversial statue, which criminalizes political gatherings organized without permission from security forces, since it entered into force in November 2013, but the charge is usually accompanied by arson, blocking roads, sabotage and possessing explosives.