Egypt's Sisi pardons 165 detained youth on occasion of Ramadan

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

It includes five minors and four students. fgewq trfwe

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has pardoned 165 detained youth to mark the Islamic holy month of Ramadan that starts on Thursday.

The list of those who have been pardoned revealed there are no well-known activists among them. It includes five minors and four students.

In addition to thousands of Islamists who have been jailed or detained on various criminal charges following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, tens of non-Islamist activists have also been sentenced to jail for violating the November 2013 protest law, such as Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel. 

In January, El-Sisi said during a visit to UAE that the government was preparing a list of jailed youths in order to review their legal status for possible release.

It is not clear if the 165 who are set to be released are on that list.

Egyptian presidents have traditionally pardoned groups of prisoners on national and religious holidays.


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