Egypt s Public Prosecution s headquarters in Cairo. FILE
Member of the Presidential Pardon Committee and renowned lawyer Tarek El-Awady shared on his Facebook page on Sunday a list of 45 names of pretrial detainees in addition to five other detainees.
The detainees were released on Sunday and Monday, he added.
In recent months, the Public Prosecution has ordered the release of hundreds of pretrial detainees in groups.
In September, authorities released over 100 pretrial detainees, including Ahmed El-Nagdy, a journalist at the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV channel, and prominent leftist activist and lawyer Haitham Mohamadein.
Since the re-activation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April and the launch of preparations for the National Political Dialogue in May, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has pardoned many high-profile political activists who had received final sentences.
This included Hossam Mones, Yahia Abdel-Hady, Hisham Fouad and others.
The committee, which was first formed in 2016, receives the names of prisoners for presidential pardon consideration from various parties and political forces, including the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), parliament’s Human Rights Committee, as well as directly through its own official website.
The scope of the work of the reactivated committee has been expanded to include imprisoned debtors.
The government and various political forces prepare for the extensive National Political Dialogue that will discuss pressing political, economic and social issues within a few weeks.