Exclusive - Egyptian MP Khouli: Presidential pardon committee seeks to integrate released citizens into society, to include indebted prisoners



Thu, 16 Jun 2022 - 09:41 GMT


Thu, 16 Jun 2022 - 09:41 GMT

CAIRO – 16 June 2022: MP Tarek El-Khouli, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, has explained to Egypt Today the criteria that the recently revived committee’s work is based on to prepare pardon lists.

Khouli’s remarks come while many prisoners have received presidential pardon over the recent weeks after President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced in April reviving the committee, first formed in 2016, and expanding its work.


No terrorism, violence crimes

“Our work while preparing the pardon lists and choosing names conform to two criteria; first, they must not be part of a terrorist group and second, they must not have engaged in violence and bloodshed crimes,” Khouli, MP for the Coordination's Committee of Parties' Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP), told Egypt Today.

He added that all those who do meet these criteria have the chance of being included in the pardon lists.


Khouli affirmed that the committee receives pardon requests via many avenues, including through the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and the human rights committees of the House of Representatives and Senate.

In addition, the committee receives pardon requests through the National Youth Conference website, Khouli added.

The committee not only works to prepare pardon lists, it also seeks to reintegrate them into society.

“We work on making sure that those who were dismissed from their work are back to their workplace and students who were dismissed from universities are back to them,” Khouli added.

The committee’s work will also extend to include the male and female indebted prisoners during the coming period, the parliamentarian added.


Reviving committee, enhancing human rights

In April, President Sisi’s remarks on revival of the Presidential Pardon Committee, first formed in 2016, has grabbed the world’s attention as it coincided with Egypt’s launch of its first of its kind National Strategy for Human Rights in September last year.

So far, many inmates, including activists, have recently been released by the Presidential Pardon Committee.

The committee also affirmed that it is preparing lists containing dozens of names that would be issued very soon.

Most recently, three inmates who have been convicted in the case 8629/2011 have received a presidential pardon and will be released within hours, according to the Official Gazette on Tuesday.

Besides reviving the pardon committee, Sisi also called for a national political dialogue that includes all parties “without exception or discrimination” a step that has been widely hailed by activists and political parties.

The dialogue sessions will start in July with Head of Journalists Syndicate Diaa Rashwan as general coordinator. The dialogue aims at enriching discussions among political parties to serve the nation’s interest and reaching a common ground between the state and the opposition.

In September, Sisi declared 2022 as the year of the civil society, and instructed the management of the World Youth Forum (WYF) and other state bodies concerned to create an effective dialogue platform among the countries, youth, and local and international NGOs.



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