Apr. 25, 2016 17:00
CAIRO: The Interior Ministry will pardon 859 prisoners in honor of the 34th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day, Youm7 reported Monday.
Those pardoned have already served half of their sentences.
In March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decision to pardon a number of sentenced prisoners o the holiday, which marks the final withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation.
Pardoning prisoners is a constitutional right granted to the president and a tradition by the state that usually takes place during official holidays and feasts, on the condition their offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties.
A presidential decree was released in January 2015 pardoning those with final sentences.
Many debtors have been released on national occasions after their debt was settled by the presidency, or the military.
A total of 40 prisoners were released in Delta’s Beheira governorate on National Police Day and the fifth anniversary of January 25 Revolution.
In commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of 6 of October war last year, a total of 331 prisoners were released