Presidency prepares for Sisi’ fourth patch of pardon candidates
Sunday 24/September/2017 - 07:59 PM
Egypt's presidential committee to pardon youth prisoners has started preparing a fourth list of prisoners to be pardoned، committee member Karim El-Sakka told in remarks on Sunday.
The list is due to be delivered to the president for approval when it is finished، said El-Sakka، although no firm date has yet been set.
In June، Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued an official pardon for 502 prisoners in a number of cases، including some in protest-related jail-sentences، 175 of them based on the third list of the committee.
El-Sisi had issued two previous group pardons for young people، most of them jailed for violating the 2013 protest law.
The first pardon decree، in November 2016، included 82 prisoners، while and the second، in March 2017، included 203 prisoners.
Article 155 of the Egyptian constitution stipulates that the president has the power to issue a pardon or reduce a final sentence after consulting with the cabinet.