541 prisoners released upon pardon, celebrating Police Day

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Thu, 06 Feb 2020 - 11:55 GMT

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CAIRO – 6 February 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 541 prisoners on the occasion of the National Police Day and the 68th anniversary of the 1952

Battle of Ismailia

.

The releasing of the prisoners comes as part of the Interior Ministry’s reforming plan and to keep up with the punitive execution through a comprehensive perspective and activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society.

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree

pardoning

a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the heroic epic of the Ismailia battle.

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. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to police efforts, and recognizing their sacrifices.

Egypt's prisons have recently began to witness a large-scale development process affirming Cairo’s commitment to implementing international human rights standards in the prisons file, as it provides healthy food for prisoners and industrial, agricultural and production projects from animal, poultry and fish production farms, which are among the most important ways to implement rehabilitation programs for inmates and achieve food self-sufficiency in prisons.

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