Prisoners allowed exceptional visits on Jan 25
Egyptian army soldiers guard Torah Prison Complex, which hosts the Aqrab or Scorpion Prison. AP

CAIRO: Families of detainees in Egypt will be allowed exceptional visits to prisons on Monday, coinciding with the January 25 Revolution, Youm7 reported.

The decision was issued by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, entitling the prisoners to the extra visits without deducting them from their quota of visits.

Monday also marks Police Day in Egypt.

Exceptional visits are usually allowed on occasions, like allowing visits on the Egyptian mothers’ day on March 21 of every year.

A tradition of pardoning prisoners on official holidays and feasts also takes place if inmates meet a condition of serving at least half of their prison terms, totaling at least six months in jail.

In December, prisoners nationwide were allowed exceptional visits for a week on the occasion of Birthday of Prophet Mohamed.

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