FILE- A group of prisoners got out of jail per a presidential pardon- press photo
CAIRO - 11 June 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree No. 260/2018 to pardon some convicts on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
The decision was published in the Gazette out Monday.
On May, the Interior Ministry's prison department pardoned 447 prisoners on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the prison department also found that 473 inmates are qualified for release on parole. The Egyptian government frequently pardons prisoners during national celebrations.
Also on May, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi pardoned About 332 prisoners their freedom. The pardon list included youths and prisoners with health problems.
In October 2016, President Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.
In November 2016, Sisi declared the first presidential pardon list, pardoning 82 detainees, including TV presenter and religious thinker Islam al-Behery, who was charged with “contempt of Islam”.
A second pardon list was declared in March 2017, pardoning 203 detainees. The list included five journalists, according to Masrawy news outlet. In June 2017, Sisi announced pardoning 502 detainees.
On the anniversary of October 6 War, 244 Egyptian prisoners regained their freedom after receiving a pardon by a presidential decree.
Additional report with MENA