Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison in Cairo. PHOTO: Reuters
CAIRO – 11 November 2017: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) has been receiving petitions from prisoners’ families in order to submit them to the presidential pardon committee to be checked for eligibility, council member Salah Sallam told Egypt Today.
The committee consists of prominent politicians, a journalist, and an NCHR member.
Furthermore, Sallam stressed Saturday on the importance of holding professional training camps, teaching prisoners about different crafts, agriculture, and poultry farming so that they would be able to make a living when they finish their sentences.
Article 155 of the Egyptian constitution gives the president the power to pardon or commute the sentence of prisoners following consultations with the cabinet; on the condition that their offences do not include violence or attacks on public or security properties. The pardon, usually taking place during official and religious holidays, entails:
1. Ending any freedom-restricting penalties.
2. Canceling fine penalties, if applicable.
3. Pardoning the prisoner from police surveillance.
4. The legal effects of the sentence continue to be shown in the criminal record of the released prisoners.