Thursday, April 28, 2016

Egypt: 859 Pardons. A Tradition of Mercy

From StarAfrica: Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that it has pardoned 859 prisoners in honour of the 34th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.Those pardoned have already served half of their sentences. In March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decision to pardon a number of sentenced prisoners on the holiday, which marks the final withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation. Pardoning prisoners is a constitutional prerogative of mercy of the Egyptian president. It is a tradition by the state that usually takes place during official holidays and feasts on the condition that prisoners’ offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties. A presidential decree was released in January 2015, pardoning those with final sentences. Many debtors have been released on national occasions after their debt was settled by the presidency, or the military.

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