Egypt’s leader pardoned 82 inmates

Egypt’s leader pardoned 82 inmatesEgypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has pardoned 82 prisoners, including prominent Islamic studies researcher Islam El-Behery, official news agency MENA announced on Thursday.

According to the media office of the Egyptian presidency, most of the detainees pardoned are university students.

The President's office stated that TV host and prominent Islamic studies researcher Islam El-Behery and MD Ahmed Saeid were included in the pardon.

The presidential statement said this was the first batch of detained youth to be pardoned in accordance with Article 155 of the constitution.

Article 155 stipulates that the president may issue a pardon or mitigate a sentence after consulting with the cabinet.

The pardons follow the government's formation in October of a committee to review the cases of young people detained for “politically related crimes."

Later, Egypt's presidency announced that the committee would expand its scope to include detainees who have received final verdicts in crimes involving protest, publishing and speech.

The five-member committee has been in communication with the National Council for Human Rights and the parliamentary human rights committee, as well as political parties, unions, rights organisations and the families of detainees.

The committee is also coordinating with the interior and justice ministries.

In 2015, the president pardoned 100 prisoners, including dozens who were convicted of violating the controversial protest law during the 2013 Shura Council demonstrations and the 2014 Ittihadiya demonstrations.
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