Egyptian inmates released from prison - File photo
CAIRO - 31 October 2018: An Australian Prison safety and security expert, Ian Acheson, hailed on Wednesday Egypt’s prisons in which ISIS are isolated essentially from other prisoners, saying, “Separation can create possibilities.”
Acheson, who was a former prison governor, stated on his Twitter account, “Fascinating contribution from Col. Sean Ryan on where counter-extremism actually works: In prison. In Egypt, IS terrorists isolated together essentially deradicalised themselves, answering the question, 'why did we fail?' Separation can create possibilities.”
In August 2018, A total of 1,118 prisoners were released from jail per a presidential pardon on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of 23 July Revolution.
There are many cases in Egypt’s law of which prisoners can receive a pardon to be released from jail. The exceptional pardon however, is not applicable on criminals who are convicted of murder, drug dealing and destabilizing the country’s stability.
In most pardons cases, the prisoner must have served half his sentence.
In Egypt, pardoning prisoners is commonly done during national occasions and holidays such as Eid (religious feast). For instance, 66 prisoners were partnered just last Friday, some of them after spending half of their sentences, and the rest received a complete pardon of their punishment.
Last April, the Ministry of Interior released 1,051 prisoners and conditionally released 67 others by a presidential pardon, on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day.
The pardoned convicts usually include young people and others who were jailed per the protest law.
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