CAIRO – 17 May 2019: A total of 232 inmates have been pardoned, as per presidential pardon No. 232/2019, concerning the release of some inmates after serving part of their sentences.
One of the inmates is journalist Abdel Halim Qandil who was sentenced in 2017 to three years for insulting Egypt’s judiciary along with another five, including activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who got released in March.
Journalist Abdel Halim Qandil
On March 14, a total of 413 inmates were released and another group of 620 prisoners was also released on February 28. The first released group of 585 walked out of jail on February 14.
According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.
In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.