CAIRO: A total of 145 inmates in Egyptian prisons nationwide will be released per a presidential decree on occasion of Eid el-Adha scheduled Sept. 24, announced the Ministry of Interior in a Wednesday statement.
Fifty eight prisoners, who qualified under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decree, have been completely pardoned, while 87 others received a conditional release, the statement added.
The qualified prisoners should serve at least half of their prison terms (which must be at least six months) to be pardoned.
In July, Sisi pardoned hundreds of men and women prisoners on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan) and the 63rd anniversary of the July 23, 1952 revolution.
Marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in June in which Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk, Sisi pardoned 165 prisoners convicted of breaching the 2013 protest law.
Similar pardon decisions have been issued during the past few months following a decree issued by Sisi in January allowing him to release prisoners who served half their jail terms, on the condition that their offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties.