Egypt's president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the second session of the first National youth conference in Sharm El-Sheikh (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Tuesday the formation of a committee to revise the cases of youth activists detained for non-violent charges in politically related cases
El-Sisi made the announcement during the second session of the National Youth Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, where a discussion took place on the role of youth in political life in Egypt and their participation in the parliamentary elections.
Former leader of the Democratic Front Party Osama El-Ghazali Harb, who participated in the event, asked the president to pardon young people currently detained in non-violent political crimes and have not received jail sentences.
In response, the president said that a committee will be formed with the inclusion of youth participating in the conference, including member of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights Mohamed Abdel-Aziz.
“I have no interest in jailing anyone. I will sign whatever this committee submits in accordance with the law and the constitution," the president said, adding that this will be the fourth time a committee is tasked with revising the cases of detained young activists.
El-Sisi has previously pardoned political activists detained in illegal protesting cases.