Hesham Talaat Moustafa, former chairman of the Talaat Moustafa Group, stands inside a cage at a court in Cairo, Egypt June 25, 2009. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih/File Photo.
CAIRO - 23 June 2017: Egyptian business tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa was released on a presidential pardon on Friday after serving three quarters of his prison sentence.
Talaat was sentenced 15 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim in 2008.
Talaat, the former chairperson of real estate company of Talaat Moustafa Group, was one of 502 prisoners that were pardoned as part of the Eid al-Fitr festivals on Friday.
The pardoned inmates include 25 women, 175 youth who are below 30 years old, eight academic professors, three lawyers, and five engineers. The pardon also includes some prisoners who served three quarters of their terms.
Pardoning prisoners is a constitutional right granted to the president and a tradition by the state that usually takes place during official holidays and feasts, on the condition that their offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties.