Egypt to release new batch of 30 pretrial detainees: Pardon Committee

Ahram Online , El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 6 Mar 2023

The Egyptian authorities are currently finalising the procedures to release a new batch of 30 pretrial detainees, Tarek El-Khouly, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, said on Monday.

Prisoners hugging
File Photo: ِِA snap shot of Prisoners hugging their relative after being released in front Wadi El-Natrun correctional facility. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Interior Facebook page.


The detainees were incarcerated pending investigation into cases not related to violence or terrorism, El-Khouly wrote on Facebook.

Since the reactivation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April 2022, more than 1,000 pretrial detainees have been released and 12 who were serving final sentences received presidential pardons.

Pardons and release orders included high-profile figures, such as 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 pretrial detainees and others who meet certain criteria set by the committee.

The committee receives appeals from entities and political bodies 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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