Egyptian authorities release a new batch of 35 pretrial detainees: Pardon committee

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Feb 2023

Egyptian authorities released on Tuesday 35 pretrial detainees, according to an announcement posted on Facebook by lawyer Tarek El-Awady, who is a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee.

Mohamed fawzi
Mohamed fawzi


The released detainees were jailed pending investigation in different cases between the years 2020 and 2022.

Among those released on Tuesday was photojournalist Mohamed Fawzi, who was arrested in May 2022 on charges of joining a terrorist organisation and spreading false news.

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-Hady, and Hisham 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 and parliament’s Human Rights Committee as well as through its website.

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