Egypt releases 125 students and other detainees with medical conditions

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Aug 2015

Names of the released inmates are yet to be revealed

Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison in Cairo on June 4, 2012. © 2012 (Reuters)

Egypt's Acting Prosecutor-General Ali Omran on Wednesday released 125 detainees – including prisoners with critical medical conditions and students – who are facing charges related to illegal protesting.

The prosecution has not provided the names of the released prisoners.

Omran stressed that the prosecution values the future of the students and the wellbeing of those with critical medical conditions, without giving further details.

The detainees "were involved in violent and chaotic illegal demonstrations that have been on the rise recently across Egypt," the prosecution press release states.

The National Council for Human Rights has called several times for the release of detained students, journalists and prisoners with critical medical conditions.

The order for the release came following reports by a technical office to the prosecutor-general which has closely followed the cases of the detained.

Hundreds of students were rounded up during confrontations between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and police last year.

Many were reportedly arrested at random as police upped their crackdown on dissent following the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013.

Egypt's prosecutor-general released hundreds of imprisoned students in December and in March, citing concern for their academic futures.

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