Egyptian political activist Hossam Mones released by presidential pardon

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

Prominent Egyptian political activist and Karama Party member Hossam Mones is being released by a presidential pardon on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day, member of the Presidential Pardon Committee Tarek El-Awdy announced on Wednesday.

Hossam Mones
Hossam Mones


Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior announced the release of 3,273 inmates with a presidential pardon to mark Sinai Liberation Day, which falls on 25 April.

Mones was sentenced to four years and an EGP 500 fine in 2021 by an emergency state security misdemeanor court along with journalist Hisham Fouad.

Former MP Ziad El-Eleimy was sentenced in the same trial to five years in prison.

Member of the Presidential Pardon Committee and prominent lawyer Tarek El-Awdy said in media statements on Tuesday that Fouad and El-Eliemy are included on the lists of those imprisoned in politics-related cases that are reviewed by the committee.

So far, it is unclear if there are other imprisoned political activists included in this presidential pardon.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi recently issued a directive to re-activate the Presidential Pardon Committee.

El-Sisi also expressed his happiness with the decision of the public prosecution to release several pre-trial prisoners on Sunday.

Initially formed in October 2016, the Presidential Pardon Committee reviews 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.

The new formation of the committee will compromise the deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representative Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, MP Tarek El-Kholy, former member of the 2016 committee Karim El-Sakka, human rights lawyer Tarek El-Awady, and Egypt's former manpower minister and veteran leftist activist Kamal Abu Eita.

The committee will start its work on Tuesday to receive the names of imprisoned youth from various parties and political forces, the National Council for Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives. Its scope of work will also be expanded to include imprisoned debtors.

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