Combined images of some of the released pretrial detainees(from L-R) human rights lawyer Amr, former Al-Ahram Daily editor-in-chief Abdel-Nasser Salama ex-ambassador Yahia Negm.
According to El-Awady, among the released pretrial detainees will be ex-ambassador Yahia Negm, former Al-Ahram Daily editor-in-chief Abdel-Nasser Salama, human rights lawyer Amr Emam, and political activists Mohamed El-Ibrashi , Bassam El-Sayed, and Momtaz Kassam.
The detainees were all arrested on charges related to spreading false news and joining an illegal group.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian authorities released 60 pretrial detainees in what is described as the biggest release of pretrial detainees by the members of the Presidential Pardon Committee since its reactivation in April.
Reactivated in April, the Presidential Pardon Committee is mandated to review the cases of those imprisoned for political crimes and others who meet certain conditions, such as families who have more than one relative in jail.
In May, El-Awady said the committee is working on a list of pardon requests for 2,418 detainees and prisoners drafted by human rights groups.
The restructured committee has said it will receive pardon requests through many avenues, including through the National Youth Conference’s website.
The committee will also receive requests through the Complaints Committee of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and via email to the human rights committees in both the House of the Representatives and Senate.
Pardon requests can also be submitted directly to the members of the Pardon Committee.