Egyptian authorities release new batch of 27 pretrial detainees: Pardon committee

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Jan 2023

Egyptian authorities released on Sunday 27 pretrial detainees, according to an announcement posted on Facebook by lawyers Tarek El-Awady and Tarek El-Khouly, who are members of the Presidential Pardon Committee.

A file photo of the release of a batch of pretrial detainees in November. Facebook page of Tarek El-Khouly


The released detainees were jailed pending investigation in different cases.

Among the released is activist and engineer Ahmed Badawy, who was arrested in 2019 over spreading false news and assisting a terrorist group.

Also included is actor Hamada Semeida, who was detained four months ago on accusations of misusing social media.

Since the reactivation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April 2022, more than 1,000 pretrial detainees have been released and 12 convicts have been pardoned.

Pardons and release orders have included high-profile figures, including political activists Hossam MonesYahia Abdel-HadyHisham Fouad, as well as leftist activist and lawyer Haitham Mohamadein.

The committee was originally established in 2016 to review the cases of those imprisoned for political crimes and others who meet certain criteria set by the committee.

The committee receives appeals from entities and political entities such as the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and parliament’s Human Rights Committee as well as through its website.

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