FILE- A group of prisoners got out of jail per a presidential pardon
CAIRO – 17 January 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Interior on Thursday announced releasing 439 people, including 88 persons by a presidential pardon and 351 others on parole.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that it continues to implement the "presidential decree issued concerning the release by pardon for the remainder of the sentence for some of the convicts who have met the terms of the pardon, on the (anniversary) of the victory of October 6, 2019."
According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing.
In October 2016, President Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee to examine the cases and designate eligible ones.