UPDATE – Egypt’s politics digest Nov. 12: Islam Behery might in 1st pardoned group of youth: source
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Islam Behery might in 1st pardoned group of youth: source

TV Presenter Islam el-Behery might be among the first batch of jailed youth who were granted pardon within 48 hours, a member of a committee reviewing prisoners’ status said.

Mohamed Abdel Aziz, member of the committee, said that Behery’s name is highly recommended to be among those to be released per presidential pardon.

The committee has been formed per instructions by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; prisoners eligible for the decision are those who received final verdicts.

The legal status of both Author Ahmed Nagy and Columnist Fatma Naoot is being revised as the two received first-degree ruling.

Behery is in prison over charges of defaming religion. Naoot faces the same charge, while novelist Nagy was jailed over accusations of writing an article with “obscene sexual content.”


A group of detained youth will be released within 48 hours: official

Within 48 hours, a group of people and youth detained over violating the protest law or over accusations of publishing false news will be released per a presidential pardon, said member of a governmental committee tasked to examine the youth inmates’ situations Mohamed Abdel-Azizi on Saturday.

He told youm7 that the committee has filed a report includes all names of the first group of the youth who will be released to President Sisi.

A total of 203 prisoners would be released per a presidential pardon on the occasion of the October War Victory, after Prison Sector Committee reviewed the prisoners’ conditions, Youm7 reported on Thursday. Only 94 inmates will be released under certain conditions.


Similar pardon decisions have been issued following g a decree issued by Sisi in January 2015 allowing him to release prisoners who served half their jail terms, on the condition that their offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties.


 Sisi heads to Portugal on November 21-22

(Press Release) President Abdel Fttah El Sisi will visit Portugal on November 21-22, 2016. This is the first state visit that Portugal hosts since the inauguration of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in March 2016.

President El Sisi’s visit seeks to further enhance bilateral relations, promote their prospects and discuss ways to advance political, diplomatic, economic, scientific and defense cooperation.

The President will hold meetings with the President, President of the Assembly of the Republic, Prime Minister and Mayor of Lisbon as well as representatives from the science, academia and business community in Portugal.


Parliament will pass Civil Society Law without considering the government’s draft: parlaimentarian

House of Representative member Mostafa Bakri said that the parliament will pass the Civil Society Law that was drafted by the parliament without considering the draft written by the government on the law, youm7 reported on Saturday.

Bakri added that the new law will allows the NGOs to have the right of working by sending only a notification to the concerned bodies without waiting for getting a license from the government.

Ha continued that the government has delayed to send its draft concerning the law.


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