CAIRO: Twenty Sudanese nationals, who were pardoned by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, were deported to Khartoum Sunday night.
A decision stipulating Sisi’s pardon was published in the Egyptian Official Gazette Wednesday, but did not list the charges facing the group.
Youm7 reported Mohamed Tanatawy previously stated that the Sudanese nationals were accused of illegally entering Egypt.
According to the published decision, they were all facing military misdemeanor cases in Aswan City, and had been sentenced to one year in prison. They were held in prisons in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Qena and Wadi el-Gadid governorate in southwestern Egypt.
Some 44 Sudanese were pardoned by a presidential decree before the inauguration of the new channel of Suez Canal in August 2015; they were accused of the same charge. Their release was preceded by a Sudanese pardon to some 101 Egyptian fishermen were held in Sudan over trespassing territorial waters.