EGYPT; Sisi pardons over 330 prisoners

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned more than 330 people, many of them youths jailed for demonstrating in recent years.

"We signed off on more than 330 [pardoned] and I ask of the interior minister that these youth spend tonight in their home", Al-Sisi said at a youth conference in Cairo yesterday.

President Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster as the army chief then, has repeatedly expressed awareness of the presence of wrongfully imprisoned people and promised to work on their release.

The paper said that those pardoned had been arrested during protests.

Under the Egyptian constitution, the president can issue pardon decrees for prisoners who have been handed final court rulings that cannot be appealed.

He has already pardoned other young detainees under the same criteria.

Protests in Egypt have become a rarity since the authorities issued a law in November 2013 banning all but police-approved gatherings.

The authorities had used the law to prevent anti-government marches in a crackdown that started with Morsi's supporters but later expanded to wider dissent.

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