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Egypt’s Sisi pardons 100 prisoners, including Jazeera's Fahmy and Baher

The pardon is coinciding with the Eid and includes Jazeera's prominent journalist Mohamed Fahmy and youth activists Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Sep 2015
Mohammed Fahmy
In this Thursday, June 4, 2015 file photo, Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, left, and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed listen in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Wednesday the pardoning of 100 prisoners, including Al Jazeera's television journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and some prominent youth activists who were charged with violating the protest law.

The pardon, which also includes sick and elderly prisoners, is coinciding with the Muslim feast Eid Al-Adha. It also comes ahead of El-Sisi’s visit to New York on Thursday, where he is scheduled to attend the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly.

"This newest batch of youth pardoning comes as part of an initiative, launched by the president in December 2013, to release groups of youths," Egypt's presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said. 

Amnesty International Egypt welcomed the decision via their Facebook page, adding that they are “hoping that the decision stems from the authorities’ conviction of the innocence of those imprisoned and is not related to the Egyptian president’s upcoming visit to [the United States].” 

Controversial law 

The controversial protest law, passed in November 2013, states that, among other things, protesters have to give the authorities a three-day notice before protesting. Violators face hefty fines and prison sentences.

Egyptian presidents have been known to pardon prisoners ahead of feasts and national celebrations.

Mohamed Fahmy was sentenced to three years in prison last month. He was jailed on charges including joining an outlawed group -- the Muslim Brotherhood -- obstructing governmental institutions and law, attacking the personal liberty of citizens, and harming national unity and social peace.

Fahmy, whose initial arrest was in December 2013, had a dual Egyptian-Canadian nationality but gave up his Egyptian nationality in an effort to get deported.

Al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, who was charged in the same case, was also pardoned. He was sentenced to three years on charges of aiding the Brotherhood and handed an extra six-month term for his alleged possession of a spent bullet.

Within hours of the announcement, Fahmy and Baher had left prison.

Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam were also pardoned. The two were among 21 activists sentenced to prison in October 2014 for violating the protest law. It is still unclear whether the rest of the 21 activists were pardoned.

The pardoned include Alexandrian activist Omar Hazek, who was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2014 for organising an unauthorised protest in December 2013.

There is no news concerning others sentenced in the same case as Hazek. They include the activist Mahinour El-Masry, winner of the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux Award for her contributions to human rights protection.

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23-09-2015 07:43pm
President Mr Abdel Fatah al Sisi has shown many times his Humanitarian character respecting the Human Rights showing worldwide that Egypt respecting the Human rights and has a very stable goverment under the leadership of Mr Sisi who is WORLDWIDE RECOGNIZED as the best leader of Egypt Law must be very strong especially against terrorism But people who handles the Law must check carefully and FILTERING THOSE INFORMATIONS "False or not" and has to be done prior involuctraning innocent people to a "Nightmare" costing time and lot of money to lawyers been acused (flase or not) and defendants has to spend many months or years in jail or under bail pending court decition (who knows when?) Law is every where in this world especially in Egypt having 7.500 years History TAHYA MASR LONG LIVE TO THE PRESIDNT SISI GEORGE
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23-09-2015 01:50pm
Too little but not too late
The president should correct the disasters of the previous cabinet by releasing ALL protesters who are not charged with terrorism crimes; especially journalists and activists. He should also abolish the protest-so called-law!
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23-09-2015 05:01pm
Response to Key
What proof do you have that "so-called" journalists and activists are working internally for foreign countries to divide Egypt? Before posting your comments, you should provide links, documents etc. stating that case. But then again, you are just putting what the Egyptian government and media are telling you! Grow a brain will you! Egypt is not on the right track at all! On the contrary, it's going down because of your retardedness!!!
23-09-2015 04:40pm
On the right Track
Single Army party, no viable civilian opposition, religious party nuts, useless secular parties, fired incompetent Cabinet and PM, no parliament, controlled media, muzzled youth, jailed activists … Allah Akbar!
23-09-2015 03:07pm
Terrorists are not limited to MB
Releasing or not releasing is the job of the Egyptian judiciary and that must be respected externally and internally. Many so-called journalists and activists are working internally for foreign countries to divide Egypt. The protest-law does not prevent you from protest. Given the terrorism circumstances it is totally justifiable to get a permit to do just that. Egypt is on the right track. Tahya Misr!

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