UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 6: 766 prisoners pardoned on first day of Eid el-Fitr
An inmates was released per a presidential pardon - Youm7 archive

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766 prisoner pardoned on occasion of Eid el-Fitr

A total of 766 prisoners have been pardoned on occasion of Eid el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast,) Youm7 reported Wednesday.

A presidential decree was issued last year to allow pardoning inmates with final sentences and those who served half of their prison terms; hundreds of prisoners have been released upon this decision.

However, the decision excludes those who are accused of endangering public security, weapon possession, drug trading, illicit gain and terror-related charges.


Minister heads to London for bilateral discussions

Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr headed Wednesday to London in a visit that will last for a couple of days to discuss boosting bilateral relations between both countries.


MP calls up on gov’t to assess Brexit’s effect on Egypt

Member of Parliament Anisa Hasouna has called up on the government to study scenarios for the effect of Brexit; United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, on Egypt on the long term.

The UK’s official withdrawal might take up to three years; however, Hasouna told Youm7 that it is important for Egypt to assess the Brexit’s consequences on the countries’ relations as Britain is considered one of the major state investors in Egypt.


MP on drafting anti-sexual harassment law

Member of Parliament Osama el-Abd announced that he is working on anti-sexual harassment draft law aiming to harshen penalty on the harassers and discusses ways of combating the ugly phenomenon.


Six Egyptian expatriates abducted in Libya

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following up the incident of kidnapping six Egyptian expatriates by an armed group in Libya’s Tripoli, stated the Minister Aide for Expatriates’ Affairs and Consulates Hesham al-Naqib in a statement.

The Abducted people, originally from Delta’s Dakahlia governorate of Egypt, were on their way from Libya to Egypt to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festivals; however, they have been kidnapped and their release was conditioned by paying the abductors 200,000 Libyan Dinar ($143,397), Youm7 reported Tuesday.

After negotiations between the abductors and the expat’s relatives the amount of money was reduced to 100,000 Libyan Dina. The families have called on President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’ to intervene to save their sons. Relatives said that one of the kidnapped people was killed.


Curfew hours in N. Sinai reduced to ‘allow’ residents peform Eid al-Fitr prayer

Curfew hours imposed in some parts of North Sinai governorate were reduced Wednesday to allow the local residents to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer which started at 5:25, Youm7 reported North Sinai governor Gen. Major Abdel Fatah Harhor Tuesday. The curfew has started from 01:00 a.m. and will end at 04:00 a.m. instead of 5:00 a.m.

The state of emergency was imposed first in October 2014 following an attack that killed more than 30 soldiers. Since then, it was extended several times in certain parts. The curfew was imposed as a part of an escalated military campaign that is taking place in the peninsula to combat the rise of militancy, which has been targeting army and police posts and personnel since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.


30 alleged Muslim brotherhood members arrested in Alexandria over ‘illegal prayer places’

Security forces in Alexandria arrested on 30 people, allegedly belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, over allocating pieces of lands for Eid al-Fitr prayer without having permissions from the Ministry of Endowment Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

The Muslim Brotherhood was designated by a court ruling as a terrorist organization in December 2013.


Two-year pre-trial detention should be reduced to 60 days in jail: lawmaker

Lawmaker at Human Rights Committee of Egypt’s Parliament Atef Makhalif stated Tuesday evening that the committee sees that the pre-trial detention “represents a burden on the government.” He added that period of remand should be between 15 and 60 days in jail for only investigations, noting that it is now considered “punishing sentence. Per the Egyptian Criminal Code, the remand period should not exceed two years in jail.


Parliamentarians call for withdrawing confidence form Minister of Supply over ‘corruption of wheat supply’

Number parliamentarians have called for withdrawing the confidence from Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi over corruption of the wheat supply. The House of Representatives has formed a fact-finding committee to investigate into the corruption of the wheat supply after it has been reported that there were allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

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