CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Interior is to release a total of 331 prisoners in commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of 6 of October war, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
About 218 prisoners out of the 331 are to be pardoned completely; they qualified to be completely pardoned as they already served at least half of their prison terms, which must be at least six months.
The remaining 113 will be released on a conditional basis, after the Department of Prisons operated an examination for the prisoners’ files.
A total of 76 out of the to-be-released prisoners are debtors.
On the occasion of Eid el-Adha Sept. 24, around 145 inmates nationwide were released as per a presidential decree.
Fifty eight prisoners, who qualified under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decree, were completely pardoned, while 87 others received a conditional release.
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.
Pardoning prisoners is a tradition by the state that usually takes place during official holidays and feasts.