Group demands release of Mubarak-era political prisoners

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jan 2012

Prisoners' association calls on incoming parliament to release all remaining political detainees jailed under former regime

The Association for Political Prisoners on Tuesday demanded that Egypt’s incoming parliament push for the release of all 46 political prisoners still languishing in jail from the days of the ousted Mubarak regime.

The first session of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliament is scheduled to convene on 23 January.

At a press conference held at the Egyptian press syndicate’s Cairo headquarters, association members also demanded that all those detained under the former regime be given LE30,000 for each year they spent in prison. Association representatives further stressed the need to provide financial assistance to the immediate families of former political detainees.

Under the Mubarak regime, which was overthrown in the wake of last year’s Tahrir Square uprising, tens of thousands of Egyptians were detained for political reasons.

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