File Photo: the administrative Court in Egypt's State Council in Giza. Al-Ahram
Egypt's High Administrative Court upheld on Wednesday a previous lower administrative court verdict rejecting the parole of prisoners who were found guilty and sentenced to prison in cases related to terrorism and joining the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood.
The court reasoned that parole is granted to convicts who display good behaviour, which is something lacking in members of the Brotherhood since they used violence as a means to gain power and exploited religion for nefarious purposes.
The court added that the possibility of rehabilitation and reform does not apply in the case of groups such as the Brotherhood.
The court's verdict is final verdict and cannot be appealed.
The case dates back to 2015 when a number of Brotherhood members who had been sentenced to prison petitioned for parole after serving two-thirds of their prison term, per Egyptian law, but were rejected by the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry's decision was then challenged in two separate lawsuits in front of an administrative court, which upheld the decision.