Egyptian authorities release 15 pretrial detainees, including activist Magdy Korkor, producer Moetaz Abdel-Wahab

Ahram Online , Monday 13 Jun 2022

The Egyptian authorities have released 15 pretrial detainees, including Islamist activist Magdy Korkor and producer Moetaz Abdel-Wahab, human rights lawyer Khaled Ali wrote on Facebook on Monday.

File photos for Islamist activist Magdy Korkor (R) and producer Moataz Abdel-Wahab (L)

Korkor and Abdel-Wahab were arrested in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The 15 detainees had faced charges including joining a terrorist group and spreading false news. They were detained in different cases.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution released Korkor, Abdel-Wahab and six others who were detained in the cases 1413/2021 and 2000/2021, lawyer Tarek El-Awady — a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee — tweeted on Monday.

The released detainees in these two cases are Ramadan Hassan, Mohamed El-Sayed, Mahmoud Megahed, Hassan Ismail, Marwan Abdallah, and Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, El-Awady said.

The remaining seven detainees were released by the consultations chamber of a Cairo criminal court in the cases 563/2021 and 65/2021, according to Ali.

The seven released detainees include Mohamed Galal, Hossam Said, Abu Bakr Qassem, Shady Farag, Ibrahim Fawzy, and Mohamed Ibrahim, Ali noted.

The release orders come two months after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had ordered the reactivation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April and called for a national political dialogue without “exceptions or exclusion.”

On 30 May, researcher and writer Ayman Abdel-Moeti, former spokesperson of the 6 April Movement Sherif El-Rubi, and two others were released.

Moreover, the prosecutor-general ordered the release of 41 pretrial detainees on 24 April.

Several prisoners who had received final verdicts were granted presidential pardons in April and May.

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.

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