NCHR calls for release of prisoners with chronic diseases
NCHR member Salah Sallam - YOUM7

CAIRO: The National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) called for the General Prosecution to consider release for prisoners who suffer from chronic diseases, NCHR member Salah Sallam told The Cairo Post Monday.

A committee could be formed by concerned bodies of Forensic Medical Authority, the Prisons Sector, Medical Syndicate, and representatives from the NCHR, Sallam added, noting that there are number of prisoners who suffer from terminal diseases.

Sallam denied media reports claiming that the council had filed a request to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to release the prisoners who are more than 80 years old; he noted that the release of medical reasons do not require specific age.

Media reported Monday that the NCHR chairperson filed a request to release those over 80, including former President Hosni Mubarak and former supreme guide of the banned Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef.

NCHR spokesperson Amgad Fatahi denied Monday that the council has officially filed a request to Sisi to release prisoners amid the celebration of the fifth anniversary of January 2011 uprising, noting that

Karim Abdel Radi, a lawyer in The Arab Network for Human Rights Information, told The Cairo Post that Mubarak is not now under arrest as he spent his time over the conviction of seizing public funds worth 125 million EGP ($16.38 million.) Per the Criminal Code, the served time of a sentence is calculated from when a a person is remanded into custody.

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