CAIRO: All prisoners will be granted two exceptional visits by relatives during the holy month of Ramadan, scheduled to begin June 6, according to a Wednesday statement by the Ministry of Interior on its Facebook page.
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.
In a statement, the ministry said that these visits come in the framework of its “keenness to raise the values of human rights and to apply t he modern penal policy,” as well as to allow prisoners to celebrate with their families this holy occasion.
Exceptional visits are usually allowed on public occasions, such as the Egyptian Mother’s day on March 21 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.
The ministry has announced pardoning 859 prisoners during the 34th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day on April 25 this year.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days widely used in the Islamic world. According to Islamic history, it is the month when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.