Egyptian former judge Mahmoud El-Khodeiry filed an appeal Tuesday calling for his early release from prison after serving half his sentence.
The 75-year-old, who was sentenced to three years in October 2014 on torture charges, asked for the release on account of his age, saying it is customary for elderly inmates who served half their prison sentences to be pardoned on national and religious anniversaries.
He also stated that he had previously handed in a request to the interior ministry for conditional release but received no response, which violates the law.
In his appeal, he reminded the court that he has served the country as a judge and as deputy head of the Court of Cassation.
El-Khodeiry was sentenced in the same case as a number of Muslim Brotherhood figures for torturing an opponent protester during the 18-day Tahrir Square sit-in that led to the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
The former judge was elected as a parliamentarian in Alexandria governorate in 2011, running under the umbrella of the Democratic Alliance electoral coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.