File- Prisoners released per presidential pardon on first day of Eid al-Fitr on June 15, 2018 - Hazim Abdel Samad
CAIRO – 25 January 2019: A total of 6,925 prisoners and detained debtors were released on the 8th anniversary of January 25 Revolution on Friday, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry said that a total of 2,868 detained debtors were released in accordance with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s initiative “Prisons without Debtors,” after paying off their debts by Long Live Egypt Fund.
Meanwhile 4,063 other inmates were granted presidential pardon on the 8th anniversary of January 25 Revolution, the statement added.
After being released, the inmates would be under the Ministry’s department of subsequent supervision, which monitors the released prisons’ attitude after being re-integrated into the society.
Egyptians celebrate the 8th anniversary of the uprising that ended a 30-year ruling of former President Hosni Mubarak. The uprising was staged on the Egyptian Police Day on January 25, 2011 to protest against the ministry’s crackdown on civilians during Mubarak’s era.
Four days ago, the Ministry of Interior granted inmates a one-day exceptional visit on the occasion of the 67th Police Day on January 25. Egypt celebrates the Police National Day on Jan. 25 to commemorate the death of 50 police personnel, whom were killed by British troops on January 25, 1952 in Ismailia.
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The visit can be paid any day starting from January 27 to February 28, 2019. The visit will not be deducted from the number of legalized visits granted to prisoners throughout their jail term, according to a Monday statement.
It was stated that the exceptional visit comes as part of the ministry’s keenness to uphold the values of human rights alongside the application of its penal policy and modern correctional system.
In December 2018, the Cabinet approved a presidential decree pardoning some prisoners on the occasion of the Police Day and January Revolution.
According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.
On 23 July 2018, 2,391 prisoners have been released, while a total of 405 prisoners were released on June 21, per presidential pardons. Other inmates were granted a conditional release. On June 15, a total of 2,110 prisoners were released per the same presidential pardon that was issued on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr (Religious feast marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan).
Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kamdil and Noha El-Tawil