Egypt's interior ministry to release 404 prisoners as part of January presidential pardon

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Apr 2019

Egypt’s interior ministry said on Friday it would release 404 prisoners as part of a presidential pardon issued earlier this year.

The ministry will release 136 prisoners after an assessment of their cases was made by a special committee, it said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

It will grant conditional release to 268 others, it added.

In January, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree pardoning a number of prisoners on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the 2011 revolution and of Police Day, both of which fall on 25 January.

Last month, the ministry said it was releasing 408 people as part of the same decision.

Conditional release includes requirements that prisoners report to a police station on a regular basis, or are subject to police supervision in other ways.

The presidential decree instructed the interior ministry to examine the cases of the prisoners to determine those who deserve pardon.

President El-Sisi issues pardons several times a year, usually on major national and religious holidays.

Earlier this week, he decreed that a number of prisoners be released on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day, which falls next Thursday.

The decree was published in the country’s official gazette on Tuesday. A ministry committee has yet to decide on the number of those to be released.

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