President Sisi pardons political activist Ahmed Douma and others

Ahram Online , Saturday 19 Aug 2023

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued a pardon for several convicts, including political activist Ahmed Douma, according to Tarek El-Khouly, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, who announced the news on Facebook on Saturday.

File photo: Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma stands behind bars during his trial at the New Cairo court, on the outskirts of Cairo June 3, 2013. Reuters





Ahmed Douma, who has been imprisoned since December 2013, was handed a final 15-year prison sentence in 2020 and fined EGP 6 million for charges related to violence dating back to 2011.

The case, known as the cabinet incidents case, originated from the violent dispersal of a three-week sit-in in Cairo in December 2011, resulting in numerous casualties.

A total of 269 individuals, including 24 minors, faced charges of attacking the cabinet building, security personnel, and the Scientific Institute building in downtown Cairo during those events.

Now 38 years old, Douma had also been sentenced to three years in two separate cases. The first sentence, which has already been served, was for violating the country's protest law in January 2015, while the second was for insulting the judiciary in 2014. However, his appeal in the second case was accepted, leading to the overturning of the conviction.

Douma actively protested against the regimes of former President Hosni Mubarak, the military council from 2011 to 2012, and ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

30 detainees released

In addition to Ahmed Douma, 30 other detainees have been released, as disclosed by Tarek El-Awady, a member of the Pardon Committee, who published their names.

Since the launch of the National Dialogue and the reactivation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April 2022, President El-Sisi has granted numerous presidential pardons, resulting in the release of many prominent figures and human rights defenders.

According to Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, over 1,400 pretrial detainees have also been released during this period, as stated in his previous television remarks.

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