MPs to discuss release of April 25 protesters
Egyptians demonstrate against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Mesaha square in Cairo's Dokki district, Monday, April 25, 2016.

CAIRO: The Human Rights committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives will contact concerned bodies in a bid to release the protesters who were arrested during the April 25 demonstrations, Member of Parliament Atef Makhaleef told Youm7.

Makhaleef praised a Sunday court ruling to acquit 33 of the April 25 protesters as a “good step,” adding that MPs will push for the release of more protesters who have not violated the constitution or are involved in criminal acts.

He added that the committee is planning to hold several sessions over the coming days to discuss the matter.

On Saturday, a Cairo appeals court accepted a challenge against the two-year prison sentences handed down to 33 people for participating in anti-government protests on April 25 to decry an Egyptian–Saudi deal transferring two Red Sea islands into Saudi waters.

A court in Dokki recently abolished the five-year prison sentences to 47 protesters and upheld a 100,000 EGP fine against them in the case of the islands demonstrations.

In May, a total of 152 protesters were sentenced between two and five years in prison over a list of charges including: attempt to overthrow the current regime and violating the 2013 protest law.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised interview Friday that 90 percent of those who are in prison are facing criminal charges. He referred to three previous presidential pardons where he issued the release of young prisoners after looking into their cases, adding that “there will be a fourth time.”

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