Egypt releases new group of 46 pretrial detainees including leftist activist Haitham Mohamadein

Ahram Online , El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 15 Sep 2022

Egyptian authorities ordered on Thursday the release of a new group of 46 pretrial detainees, including prominent leftist activist and lawyer Haitham Mohamadein.

Haitham Mohammadein
Haitham Mohammadein (Photo: Ahram)

The release came per a decision by the Public Prosecution, according to human rights lawyer Tarek El-Awady, who is a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee.

Mohamadein was arrested in May 2019 on charges related to spreading false news and joining an illegal group.

Since May, the Public prosecution has ordered the release of hundreds of pretrial detainees in groups as the government and various political forces prepare for an extensive National Political Dialogue that will discuss pressing political, economic and social issues.

Last week, the prosecution ordered the release of 33 pre-trial detainees in various cases.

Since the launching of preparations for the national political dialogue in May and the re-activation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has also pardoned a number of high-profile political activists who had received final sentences such as Hossam MonesYahia Abdel-HadyHisham Fouad and others.

The re-activated pardon committee, which was first formed in 2016, receives the names of prisoners for presidential pardon consideration from: various parties and political forces, the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), the Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives and families, as well as directly through its own official website.

The scope of the work of the re-activated committee has been expanded to include imprisoned male and female debtors.

The pardon committee includes MPs Tarek El-Kholy and Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, human, and Egypt's former manpower minister Kamal Abu Eita.

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