Egypt: Sisi pardons 332 prisoners

Evarado Alatorre
May 17, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has pardoned 332 prisoners, mainly youth activists who participated in "illegal" demonstrations in recent years.

"We signed approval for the group provided by the committee, including more than 330 prisoners".

"I ask the interior minister that these young people be present tonight with their families for the suhur" meal that precedes Ramadan's daily fast, Sisi said at a youth conference broadcast on state television.

The president has issued pardons several times a year, including on major national holidays, often releasing students and young detainees.

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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.

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

Egypt's constitutional court ruled in December 2016 that part of the law violated the constitution which guaranteed freedom of association and the right to peaceful protest.

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